Child life specialists for blood and marrow transplantCChild life specialists for blood and marrow transplantChild life specialists for blood and marrow transplantEnglishHaematology;Immunology;OncologyChild (0-12 years);Teen (13-18 years)BodyImmune systemHealth care professionalsAdult (19+)NA2010-02-12T05:00:00ZJohn Doyle, MD, FRCPC, FAAPChristine Armstrong, RN, MScN, NP Peds10.000000000000060.0000000000000775.000000000000Flat ContentHealth A-Z<p>Learn how child life specialists can help during your child's blood and marrow transplant (BMT).</p><p>Depending on the hospital, your child may meet a child life specialist. Child life specialists are non-medical members of the team; they do not diagnose or treat conditions. What they do is help children and parents understand the hospital environment and prepare for procedures and surgery. They have special training and experience in child and family development and the effects of illness and hospitalization.<br></p><p>The child life specialist role grew out of the recognition that the hospital experience can be very upsetting for children. Providing children with information about their condition and treatments, as well as ways of coping with stress, enables them to be more in control of their experience.</p><h2>Key points</h2><ul><li>Child life specialists provide children with information about their condition and treatments, and help them cope with stress and be more in control.</li><li>Child life specialists can also answer questions for parents and be an advocate for families.</li></ul>
Spécialistes des enfantsSSpécialistes des enfantsChild life specialists for blood and marrow transplantFrenchHaematology;Immunology;OncologyChild (0-12 years);Teen (13-18 years)BodyImmune systemHealth care professionalsAdult (19+)NA2010-02-12T05:00:00ZJohn Doyle, MD, FRCPC, FAAP Christine Armstrong, RN, MScN, NP Peds10.000000000000060.0000000000000775.000000000000Flat ContentHealth A-Z<p>Apprendrez comment les spécialistes des enfants peuvent aider votre enfant pendant le processus de greffe de sang et de moelle osseuse (GSM).</p><p>Selon l’hôpital, votre enfant pourrait rencontrer un spécialiste des enfants. Ce sont des membres non médicaux de l’équipe; ils ne diagnostiquent et ne traitent pas de maladies. Cependant, ils aident les enfants et les parents à comprendre le milieu hospitalier et à se préparer pour des interventions et des opérations. Ils ont reçu une formation spéciale sur le développement des enfants et de la famille, et sur les effets de la maladie et de l’hospitalisation, et ont de l’expérience dans ces domaines.</p> <p>Le rôle du spécialiste des enfants tire son origine de la conscience que l’hôpital peut être très perturbant pour un enfant. Le fait d’enseigner leur maladie et leurs traitements aux enfants, ainsi que des moyens de composer avec le stress, leur permet d’avoir un meilleur contrôle sur l’expérience.</p><h2>À retenir</h2> <ul><li>Les spécialistes de l’enfance fournissent aux enfants des renseignements sur leur maladie et les traitements, et les aident à composer avec le stress et à avoir un meilleur contrôle.</li> <li>Ces spécialistes peuvent aussi répondre aux questions des parents et défendre les intérêts de la famille.</li></ul>

 

 

Child life specialists for blood and marrow transplant1519.00000000000Child life specialists for blood and marrow transplantChild life specialists for blood and marrow transplantCEnglishHaematology;Immunology;OncologyChild (0-12 years);Teen (13-18 years)BodyImmune systemHealth care professionalsAdult (19+)NA2010-02-12T05:00:00ZJohn Doyle, MD, FRCPC, FAAPChristine Armstrong, RN, MScN, NP Peds10.000000000000060.0000000000000775.000000000000Flat ContentHealth A-Z<p>Learn how child life specialists can help during your child's blood and marrow transplant (BMT).</p><p>Depending on the hospital, your child may meet a child life specialist. Child life specialists are non-medical members of the team; they do not diagnose or treat conditions. What they do is help children and parents understand the hospital environment and prepare for procedures and surgery. They have special training and experience in child and family development and the effects of illness and hospitalization.<br></p><p>The child life specialist role grew out of the recognition that the hospital experience can be very upsetting for children. Providing children with information about their condition and treatments, as well as ways of coping with stress, enables them to be more in control of their experience.</p><h2>Key points</h2><ul><li>Child life specialists provide children with information about their condition and treatments, and help them cope with stress and be more in control.</li><li>Child life specialists can also answer questions for parents and be an advocate for families.</li></ul><h2>What does a child life specialist do?</h2> <p>Child life specialists specialize in a given medical area, so the one you will meet is experienced in helping children with a BMT. During the meeting, the child life specialist will discuss your needs and your child's needs, answer any questions you may have, and explain any procedures. They will ask about any previous hospitalizations or hospital experiences your child may have had, and whether these were positive or negative, since that will influence their ability to cope with the current procedure. </p> <p>Some child life specialists use puppets to speak to the kids and play the part of the patient. (For example, the puppet may have a central venous line (CVL) or a blood pressure cuff.) They also use picture books with non-threatening images to show stages of a procedure and medical equipment. Their strategies take into account the different ways and speed at which different children learn. If English is not your first language, interpreters will be provided to make sure you understand what will happen when you and your child come to the hospital. </p> <h2>How can a child life specialist help you?</h2> <p>Sometimes parents just need another explanation of their child's condition. Or, you may want to know about stress your child will feel after the procedure, how your child will cope after returning to school, or how they should discuss the situation with their peers. Child life specialists can answer a range of questions, anything from what bone marrow is and how your immune system works, to why it is important to have a healthy immune system. </p> <p>She will tell you what to expect and help address concerns and ease anxieties. They will discuss coping strategies and pain management. In addition, they will share some suggestions about how to talk to your child about their condition and what items (like toys, teddy bears) you should bring to comfort your child during the hospital stay. </p> <p>Later, the child life specialist may see your child as they are being prepared for catheterization or surgery, sometimes helping to calm them down if they are upset, or if they simply need more support. They will use strategies like blowing bubbles, counting, listening to music, and deep breathing to help relax your child. They may also see your child after the procedure just to see how things went. </p> <p>Child life specialists also serve as advocates for you. If you do not understand something, they will get you the information. Or if you have a special need or request, they will do their best to accommodate it. And because they will have spent time with your child prior to the procedure, they will be in a good position to help make sure that developmental needs are being met over the course of the treatment. This may involve having your child referred to other professionals (for example, a physiotherapist) if necessary. </p> <p>In addition to all these activities, child life specialists also operate playrooms and organize activities such as movies and games to keep older children occupied during their hospital stay. The child life specialist may also plan special events like birthday parties. </p> <h2>Why is it worth meeting with a child life specialist?</h2> <p>A visit with a child life specialist is very valuable, even if you and your child have been through a procedure before. Your needs may have changed since then, and your child will likely have different coping and information needs as well. A child who is six, for example, will want to know more about their treatment than a child who is four. A teen may want fairly complex information. </p> <p>You are also encouraged to bring any of your child's siblings to the meeting as well. This is the ideal opportunity to prepare them for their sibling's operation and help address any fears they may have. The ultimate goal of the child life specialist is to make the hospital experience as positive as possible for you and your child. </p>Child life specialists for blood and marrow transplant

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