[Child Life 101] What is Child Life?

[Child Life 101] What is Child Life?

Podcast Show Notes

Today in [Child Life 101] we are answering the question we get ALL THE TIME:


You’ve asked and now we’re answering.

Did you know that SO many of the parents on our podcast haven’t ever even met a child life specialist before our interview?!

Our goal during this series is to help people understand what child life is all about by getting rid of any misunderstandings or roadblocks.

  • What do child life specialists do?
  • Why is play an essential component of child life services?
  • Family Centered Care and Child Life Services
  • How do you become a Child Life Specialist?
  • Where do child life specialists work?
  • Why Should Hospitals invest in Child Life Services?
  • Challenges and Barriers in the Field
  • Wrapping it Up

Whether you’re a parent, healthcare professional, or simply interested in learning more about child life, this podcast is for you.

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Meet the host: 

Katie Taylor is the co-founder and CEO of Child Life On Call, a digital platform designed to provide parents, kids, and the care team with access to child life services tools and resources. She is a certified child life specialist with over 13 years of experience working in various pediatric healthcare settings. Katie is the author of the children’s book, and has presented on the topics of child life and entrepreneurship, psychosocial care in the hospital, and supporting caregivers in the NICU setting both nationally and internationally. She is also the host of the Child Life On Call Podcast which features interviews with parents discussing their experiences throughout their child’s medical journey. The podcast emphasizes the crucial role of child life services in enabling caregivers both at and beyond the bedside.




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