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Author(s): Vanessa Carolyn Andrews (Elizabeth Seton Children's Center, USA)
Copyright: 2023
Pages: 26
Source title: The Role of Child Life Specialists in Community Settings
Source Author(s)/Editor(s): Genevieve Lowry (Bank Street College of Education, USA), Lindsey Murphy (Missouri State University, USA) and Cara Smith (Missouri State University, USA)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-6684-5097-0.ch011


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The number of children living with a disability is substantial and expanding. Children with disabilities and their families are disproportionately exposed to adverse experiences, increased stress and stigmatization, face more barriers, and are more likely to be diagnosed with mental health disorders. Unfortunately, adequate and specifically tailored professionals, programs, and interventions aimed to enhance resilience, support families, and decrease stigma have not increased proportionately. Certified Child Life Specialists (CCLS) promote coping, validate emotions, and use play-based techniques to build relationships and increase understanding of difficult experiences. By increasing the availability of Certified Child Life Specialists in community settings, children with disabilities and their families will gain additional advocacy, insight, and opportunities to lead fuller, more supported lives.

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