Breakout Sessions

Breakout Session 1

Defining the Need for Child Life Specialists and Child Life Services to be Provided for Children in American Red Cross Disaster Shelters

Rebecca Holtzman, ms, ccls
Unity Point Health - Methodist – Peoria, IL

Improving the End of Life Experience for Bereaved and Terminally Ill Children

Ashley Wilson, ms, ccls, cpst
Child Life Manager
Suzy Cook, bs, ccls, cpst
Cadee Teaford, ms, ccls, cpst
Kristi Donovan, bs, ccls
Mercy Children’s Hospital – Springfield, MO

Patient and Family Centered Care: A Parent’s Perspective

Children’s Hospital of Illinois Family Advisory Board

Breakout Session 2

Venturing Into Unfamiliar Territory? Be Sure to Pack Your Lightning. Building Powerful Programs and Peaceful Relationships Within Established Settlements

Kjersten Metzger, ba, ccls
Child Life Specialist
Children’s Hospital of Illinois – Peoria, IL

Collaboration for Comfort – How to Help Patients and Families Cope with Pokes and Procedures Across the Healthcare Continuum

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Benjamin Miller, bs, ccls, ctrs
UI Children’s Hospital – Iowa City, IA

Julie Piazza, ms, ccls
CS Mott Children’s Hospital – Ann Arbor, MI

School Reintegration – Keeping  Children
With Cancer Connected to the Classroom

Shelley Lee, bs, ccls
Child Life Specialist
St. Jude Midwest Affiliate – Peoria IL


Breakout Session 3

Using Sign Language With Children to Increase or Develop Communication and Language Skills

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Abbey Cook, ms, ccc-slp
Speech Language Pathologist and Owner
Communication Junction

You Look Like a Boy: Children’s Perceptions on Hair Loss From a Personal and Professional Perspective

Dana Burnett, Child Life Graduate Student, Illinois State University
Colleen Gannon, Child Life Graduate Student, Illinois State University

Prescription: Make A Wish – Gaining a Better Understanding of the Crucial Impact that a Wish Can Have on the Healing Process

Dina Thachet, ccls
Medical Outreach Manager
Make a Wish® Illinois