When the Child Life and Music Therapists are here, she can just be herself in a way. She can be loud, she can be smiling, it just makes her day - it really does.
What is Child Life Therapy?
According to the Association of Child Life Therapist Australia
"Child Life Therapists are healthcare professionals specialising in child development, with a background in education and/or other fields of healthcare. Child Life Therapy involves evidence-based interventions, which aim to reduce the stress and anxiety that can be associated with hospitalisation by focusing on developmental, social and emotional wellbeing. Specifically, child life therapy services may include general ‘medical play’, which seeks to correct misconceptions and reduce anxiety around medical experiences. Specific play sessions focusing on procedures and useful coping skills have shown to reduce anticipatory anxiety, distress and positively impact future procedures."