Child Life specialists at Children’s Hospital of Georgia help kids cope during hospitalization, procedures and doctor visits. Check out the feature on Kimberly “Kym” Allen in the December/January issue of Augusta Family Magazine.
Specially trained in child development, Child Life specialists provide developmentally appropriate care to educate, prepare and support children through difficult tests, procedures and changes within their families due to chronic or acute illness, treatment and recovery.
Through one-on-one interaction, Child Life specialists help children deal with the emotional issues and uncertainties that arise from their medical conditions.
“Those who choose the career of Child Life Specialists are of varied life experiences and backgrounds,” says Allen. “Some are inspired by a personal brush with healthcare while others want to help children understand the complex world of the hospital. All must be versed in Child Development and understand the medical issues that patients encounter. Flexibility is key in that no two days are the same.”