American Academy of Pediatrics Statement
The new Policy Statement on Child Life Services was recently released by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP). An abstract of the statement appears in the May 2014 issue of Pediatrics, the peer-reviewed, scientific journal of the AAP. The revised policy statement includes strong recommendations for the inclusion of child life services across many different settings, and concludes:
"Child life services should be delivered as part of an integrated patient- and family-centered model of care and included as a quality indicator in the delivery of services for children and families in health care settings"
Read the complete AAP Policy Statement on Child Life Services now.
Evidence-Based Practice Statements
Visit the Child Life Council's Resource Library to review and download the evidence-based practice statements. One-page summaries of each document are also available.
Research has shown That...
"Children in the hospital who engage in therapeutic play with a trained professional exhibit less emotional distress, increased cooperation, and