C470 – Child Life: History, Theory, Research, and Scope
3 Credit Hours
Note: This course and 100 hours of volunteer time in a hospital setting are required for students participating in a child life specialist internship placement. Students wishing to register for this course must first seek approval from Dr. Sharon Syc, Clinical Associate Professor.
This course will present an overview of the theory, research and practice of the field of Child Life, including the skills, knowledge and requirements necessary to be nationally special needs and diverse abilities. Students will consider the personal experience of children and families as they negotiate assessment, diagnosis, and intervention in multiple helping systems, including early intervention, educational, social service, medical, community, mental health, and legal systems. An emphasis will be placed on under- standing and supporting children’s and families’ changing needs from a multicultural perspective and learning how to effectively communicate with, support, empower, and advocate for all families. Elements of effective family-professional partnerships are examined. Strategies for working with children and collaborating with families in various settings are emphasized. The course also details pertinent legislation affecting the education and well-being of children with special needs and diverse abilities.