Englewood, Colorado (Findit) May 27, 2019 – Kids Care of the Rockies, a Colorado pediatric hospice, recently released a blog answering “What is the role of a child life specialist?” These specialists are instrumental in providing the hospice’s patients with the emotional support they need to effectively cope with their illness and treatments. Child life specialists are clinically trained in understanding how illness and injury can affect children and their families. They provide emotional support and strategies for coping with trauma, pain, anxiety, fear, and bereavement through evidence-based techniques. In this way, they can become allies to children and their families by providing empathetic support and practical advice. Specialists duties typically include explaining medical procedures and diagnoses to children, leading play therapy exercises, and ensuring that children are able to socialize with each other while in the hospital, among other services. These activities help children feel more in control and calm during what can often be a stressful experience. Families and children can benefit from utilizing the services of a child life specialist. Parents often find specialists’ explanations of procedures and diagnoses helpful not only for their own understanding, but for learning how to speak to their child and any   Read more…