This course introduces students to working with individuals with special needs, including those with a disability, chronic illness, severe developmental delay, minimally conscious state, and persistent vegetative state while they are in the healthcare system. Students learn the subtleties of assessing children with disabilities and developmental delays, providing appropriate interventions, and working with the child’s siblings and family. Students are introduced to working collaboratively with other professionals, specifically rehabilitation, as well as specialized pain management scales and techniques. Lastly, students are exposed to the latest technological advances and equipment, assisting those with special needs and disabilities. Students must have a fundamental understanding of the major theoretical frameworks in the field of child development prior to taking this course. This course may count toward an elective option for child life certification but does not fit the criteria for a "child development" course.
Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:
- Develop a working understanding of disability, developmental delay and special needs in children and how this interfaces with hospitalization
- Define and identify the importance of providing child life services to this population
- Adapt current child life techniques to best meet the needs of children with special needs
- Utilize adaptive technology to enhance patient and family experience
- Interpret subtle cues of children with special needs to provide optimal services
- Analyze relevant case studies related to providing child life services to this population
- Provide optimal support and interventions for the unique emotions of siblings of children with special needs
- Understand the importance of helping children and families transition to adult care
NotesCertification Disclosure: Completion of the UCSB PaCE Child Life certificate program does not result in Certified Child Life Specialist (CCLS). Individuals seeking certification must meet specific academic and clinical experience requirements in addition to passing the Child Life Professional Certification Exam. While courses in this certificate program count toward the educational requirements for becoming eligible to take the examination, completion of this certificate program will not, in itself, result in Child Life certification. For more information about certification, visit https://www.childlife.
Applies Towards the Following Certificates
- Child Life : Required 5 Courses