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Dell Children's Medical Center

Fall 2020 Site Review

Position: Child Life Practicum
Student: Health and Society Senior

This semester, I completed my child life practicum at Dell Children’s Medical Center which I discovered from a professor’s recommendation. Dell Children’s is the only free-standing children’s hospital in Austin, and the child life department helps supports children psychosocial and developmental needs during their time at the hospital. As a student in this program, I completed two rotations in out-patient imaging and in-patient post-surgery trauma. Throughout my practicum experience, I facilitated therapeutic and developmental play in English and Spanish in the playroom and at the patient’s bedside. In this student position, I had so many opportunities to observe Certified Child Life Specialists provide procedural supports, preparations, supportive conversations, and medical play sessions. I would then complete discussions and completed assignments about my observations. I gained skills in developmental and psychosocial assessment of hospitalized children with a variety of diagnoses and injuries, and I gained experience introducing child life services to patients and families. A project worked on during one of my rotations was creating sibling books in English and Spanish that contained developmentally appropriate information about the hospital and their sibling’s medical experience. My favorite part of my internship was my working with my incredibly supportive supervisors who helped me learn so much about the field of child life.

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    Austin, Texas 78712-1508