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Child Life Specialist helps children at Kadlec Medical Center

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Kadlec Medical Center took a big leap for young patients and their families when they opened the under the sea themed pediatric center, and a long with it, came a new specialist.

"I just have a passion for kids, to be able to help kids, I knew I wanted to be able to work with kids on a one on one setting,"Child Life Specialist Amber Lewis.

That passion lead Amber to seek out a unique profession filled by only 33 hundred people in the country. Her job title: child life specialist, and she's the first to be certified in our area.

"Evidence says when you have child life specialists that the kids need less medication cause it makes a huge difference in outcomes," Kadlec Medical Center's Kelly Harper said.

Child life specialists use toys and other techniques to help ease fears that come along with hospital stays. During procedures Amber is right there next to them, using play to help lessen anxiety.


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