Hearts Connected has a mission to meet the unique needs of children, teens, and families facing difficult situations and stressful life transitions. Through our innovative, yet proven therapeutic play and interventions, our team is a secure and supportive partner for coping with and healing from, the unexpected and unpredictable challenges life presents to us all.
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We have several options to help provide you or a loved one the care you are seeking, via phone consultations and virtual sessions.
Children react to life's challenges differently based on their age and personality. By helping children and families cope with grief, Hearts Connected promotes healing.
Frequently Asked Questions
Who needs a Child Life Specialist?
Families with kids experiencing a difficult time such as change, overwhelming grief and/or loss.
Organizations that want to offer specialists trained to help kids with coping techniques.
What ages does Hearts Connected work with?
What needs to be done prior to connecting with our child?
Prior to working with your child, an initial assessment will be completed by family and reviewed by a Certified Child Life Specialist (CCLS). A CCLS will consult with the parent or caregiver prior to working with the child directly.
What is included in a facilitated session?
A phone consultation is typically the best starting point. This is where we discuss with parents/caregivers any questions and concerns about the current situation. We will offer suggestions and guidance on the best next steps.
What is the cost?
The cost of services is based on the length, platform and plan of care. This information can be found on our Services page.
What is a Child Life Specialist?
Certified Child Life Specialists (CCLS) are certified and clinically trained in the developmental impact that illness, injury, trauma, and loss can have on a child. All CCLS's have a minimum of a bachelor’s degree, have completed a 600 hour internship and passed a national certifying examination. Child Life Specialists work with children of all ages, birth through young adulthood and collaborate extensively with the child’s family, recognizing that they are the true expert in knowing their child. To reduce fear and anxiety, Child Life Specialists utilize developmentally and psychologically appropriate tools such as therapeutic play, coping interventions, and supportive resources to provide psychosocial and emotional support. According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, “child life interventions facilitate coping and adjustment at times and under circumstances that might otherwise prove overwhelming for the child.” The American Academy of Pediatrics recognizes the value of the child life profession and the support that Certified Child Life Specialists can provide to children and adolescents.
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