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The major in Child Life Specialist is designed to prepare students who are interested in the profession of Child Life Specialist the background needed to pursue a graduate degree in Child Life Studies.

Child Life Specialists work primarily within the healthcare field, assisting children and their families with coping with the anxieties associated with hospitalization and treatment.  They help to ensure a child’s continued social, emotional, and cognitive growth during periods of hospitalization, as well as facilitating communication between the child and hospital staff.  Child Life Specialists also work closely with parents, siblings, and other family members to ensure that all understand the healthcare process.

Begin Here.  Help children anywhere. 

Ensuring Continued Growth in Children

  • Social Growth
  • Cognitive Growth
  • Emotional growth
Career Settings for Child Life Specialists
Medical Clinics
Dental Offices
Homes (with parents)
Student Characteristics
Good Communicator
Understands group dynamics
Knowledge of behavior and development
Ability to play

Staff Contacts

Dr. Marygrace Kaiser

Associate Professor - Psychology (309) 467-6400

Burgess 202D

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