The Association of Child Life Professionals (ACLP) is comprised of Certified Child Life Specialists who are experts in child development – using age appropriate distraction and comforting techniques to minimize traumatization and promote effective coping for patients during their stay at the hospital. Child life specialists are an essential part of the hospital environment and experience for pediatric patients – bringing hope, positivity, and companionship to children that are in need.
Recently, the Kravis Children’s Hospital at Mount Sinai enjoyed a memorable day, as smiling, laughter, and Star Wars characters filled the clinic. One child, Izabella, spent all morning practicing her lightsaber skills with her child life specialist. As soon as the Star Wars characters arrived, Izabella had the opportunity to participate in Jedi training and interact with some of her favorite characters.
Her brothers were able to engage in the Kid Zone TV studio, an interactive studio that broadcasts to all 75 beds in the children’s hospital. The studio hosted a 30-minute live show with Princess Leia and R2-D2 during this exciting day.
With such an uplifting way to start the day, Izabella’s child life specialist and R2-D2 escorted her to the elevators for her procedure. Izabella’s child life specialist stuck by her side the entire time – ensuring she knew exactly what was happening to help her cope.
Izabella will not forget this memorable day, filled with positive, loving support from her family, child life specialist, and Star Wars characters.
Thank you to all the child life specialists who are true Forces for Change in these kids’ lives!