This session will demonstrate how adolescent participation in well-designed youth oriented child life activities not only captures their attention in a fun and engaging milieu but also provides strong stimulation and support to their developmental needs. Let’s share together special expertise for the delivery of comprehensive services to adolescents. Adolescence alone is a stressful developmental process for physically healthy teens. Injuries, chronic and acute illnesses, surgery, treatments and hospitalization further complicate adolescent developmental issues. (Coupey, 2002) Knowledge of adolescent development is important in healthcare delivery for youth in both in-patients and out-patient settings. Considering the physical and biological changes and the significant psychosocial and emotional milestones of adolescence facilitates appropriate expertise in caring for adolescents. (Blum, 1995) Essentially, child life programs address adolescent developmental issues while providing opportunities for them to better cope with the physical, emotional and behavioral challenges associated with their hospital experience. It is the customization of activities that reach teens on their terms that develops loyalty, trust and affinity
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