REC 311 - Introduction to Child Life Therapy

Introduction to the history, philosophy, theories, and concepts relating to child life services in a hospital setting. The role of child life specialist as a member of the healthcare team will be examined. Concepts include the recognition of the importance and therapeutic value of recreation/play in a hospital setting, effective design of play areas within a hospital setting, and the effects of hospitalization on children and families. Theories explored include the use of recreation and play as a therapeutic modality in a hospital setting and the relationship between developmental stages and the play/coping skills of the hospitalized child.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Fall 2017