Here are just a few of the many ways we can help...
Preparation for procedures, medical or dental visits and doctor appointments. (surgery, immunizations, cast placements, etc.)
Grief or anticipated loss: helping parents have conversations surrounding grief, loss, and end of life activities. Support children facing grief, providing legacy building support to patients in hospice, or in facilities without Child Life Specialists.
Helping kids overcome medical challenges such as pill swallowing, medication compliance, and fear of the dentist.
Coping with family members moving to alternative home settings, such as memory care, or life transitions such as divorce, imprisonment or deployment.
Diagnosis education; helping children understand a new diagnosis and supporting children with chronic long term diagnosis, such as helping a child understand their diagnosis that they have had since birth.
Support for the sibling of the child with special needs.
Coping with fear or new routines, such as wearing a mask, virtual learning, and/or social distancing.
WHAT IS A CHILD LIFE SPECIALIST?
Our Child Life Professionals are certified and clinically trained in the developmental impact that illness, injury, trauma, and loss can have on a child.
We have specific training based in the hospital setting giving us valuable medical knowledge to educate, prepare, and support children of all ages.
To reduce fear and anxiety, Child Life Specialists utilize developmentally and psychologically appropriate tools such as therapeutic play, coping interventions, and supportive resources. Helping kids cope, grieve and heal.
We can help in numerous situations, including coping through fear of challenging circumstances, grief, loss or death, and also coping through life transitions.
WHO WE SERVE
As adults, we often don't know how to communicate with or help a child during stressful times. Children at varied ages and developmental stages, hear, understand, and cope differently in crises. Parents and caregivers want to help their child cope in a positive way, but often just need a little help.
Hearts Connected provides support through "Caregivers Coaching" and education, as well as working directly with the child with innovative and clinically proven therapeutic support.
Many types of organizations come into contact with individuals and families who have children who are affected by trying circumstances.
Hearts Connected understands that children are impacted differently by their unitique situations. We provide consulting and educational services to help organizations better serve their patients and families during challendging times.
As a medical professional, pediatric or adult-based, there are many times you are faced with a family and/or a child who is affected by trying circumstances. With limited visit times, helping these patients can be a challenge.
Hearts Connected can step in and be your partner and referral source to get support for your patients.
We love hearing how our services are helping our clients.
“This was definitely helpful. I wish I had this available for all of MY medical procedures.”