Top 10 Reasons to Call a Child Life Specialist
1. Child/Patient needs preparation for invasive procedure.
2. Child/Patient is having difficulty coping with a necessary procedure, i.e.,
crying, fighting or hiding.
3. Child/Patient exhibits oppositional behavior, refusing to cooperate without
anger or hostility.
4. Child/Patient or siblings express specific fears to staff, needing follow up.
5. Child/Patient is perceived by staff as withdrawn.
5. Child/Patient is having difficulty taking medication or following directives
from the medical team.
6. Child/Patient admitted having recently experienced a traumatic loss or has
been previously diagnosed with a chronic illness or syndrome and is non-
compliant with treatment plan
7. Child/Patient has been newly diagnosed with chronic illness or is agitated
due to previously diagnosed disorder such as ADHD, neurological
8. Child/Patient admitted for injuries resulting from a traumatic accident, i.e.,
MVA, fire, etc.
9. Child/Patient whose injuries or diagnosis has resulted from suspected child