What classes should I take in high school to be a child life specialist?
I’m currently a sophomore in high school and I want to be a child life specialist. I’m not sure what to study in college or what AP classes would be helpful. I’m currently enrolled in principles of education and training where I will eventually work with preschool aged kids and am in a health science class and previously took medical terminology. Also, are there any jobs in hospitals that a high school student could work? Are there any programs in the Houston area for training CCLS’s? College recommendations. I know this is a lot for a sophomore but really,thank you so much. :)
An example of a work environment for child life specialists is the MR-I Can Do It program at the C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital at the University of Michigan. It features an aquatic-themed MRI machine that gamifies a claustrophobic medical procedure to help children stay still so that technicians get the most accurate imaging results.
A child life specialist balances mental and physical health while working alongside children and their families. Child life specialists can meet with patients and families before scheduled surgeries or procedures to provide developmentally appropriate information about what will happen during the medical experience. They also offer emotional support for children and their families throughout the process and, if needed, grief and bereavement care.
In addition to providing emotional support, child life specialists also provide educational materials on health topics such as nutrition, hygiene, safety, growth & development, coping skills & stress management. They also offer therapeutic activities such as art therapy, music therapy, pet therapy, and distraction techniques.