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Course Learning Outcomes

When you successfully complete this course, you will be able to

  1. Describe the contents of the official documents of the Child Life Council (CLC), including the Code of Ethical Responsibility; Child Life Competencies; Standards of Clinical Practice; the Child Life Mission, Values, and Vision Statements; and the Code of Professional Practice.
  2. Identify the elements of child life practice in direct and indirect services in pediatric healthcare, including a historical review of the profession and its role in the evolution of children’s healthcare.
  3. Use developmental theory to assess the impact of illness, injury, and healthcare on patients and families, identifying the stressors and developmental and psychosocial treatment issues that affect the healthcare experience of a child and family including siblings.
  4. Apply key principles of patient- and family-centered care to child life practice, including principles of respect and dignity, information sharing, supporting participation in care, and collaboration in relationship.
  5. Examine elements of play, benefits of play, and various therapeutic play modalities in the clinical setting.
  6. Compare historical and current perspectives on the rationale, techniques and outcomes of preparation, and accepted preparation methods for healthcare encounters and life-changing events.

Course Materials

You will need to purchase this textbook: Rollins, Bolig, and Mahan. (2005) Meeting Children’s Psychosocial Needs Across the Health Care Continuum, 1st edition. Pro-Ed.

These two books are available on electronic reserve through BYU Library:

To access these textbooks:

  1. Go to the Library's EBL page.
  2. Sign in with your NetID and password.
  3. Type the title and author into the Search box.

Supplementary web pages, articles, and chapters are included in the course.

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You are responsible for reading all of the online material as well as any assigned text reading. This will be assessed through writing responses and exams.

Writing Response Assignments

You will complete a variety of writing assignments to demonstrate your synthesis of online learning materials and textbook readings (15 entries at 30 points each). These are expected to be at least one page double spaced (250–300 words) in length unless otherwise specified.

Diagnosis Journal

For each lesson, spend at least 10 minutes researching health topics of your choice online at reputable sites designed for this purpose. Here are some examples of good sources:

Take notes on what you learn from your online research and write down thoughts, ideas, and questions for future searching.

The purpose of this diagnosis journal is to build a personal reference about common health issues and basic human anatomy and physiology and the impacts of various conditions on a variety of domains. 

The ability to summarize, synthesize, and simplify health information will be a critical step in being able to provide developmentally appropriate explanations to children. It is also important to understand how this condition will affect them.

You may structure this journal in your own way, but at least one page double spaced (250-300 words) and one web reference per entry is required. Make sure to write about the social and emotional impact of each diagnosis. The entry should not simply be content lifted from a health website. (15 entries at 10 points each.)

Things to Consider

Child Life Practice Assignments

You will complete five child life practice assignments during the course. The purpose of these assignments is to help you gain more practical application experience and use theories and knowledge of child development to prepare you for more direct interaction in healthcare situations. Your responses to these assignments should be about 500 words (two pages double spaced) long. (5 assignments at 30 points each.)

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You will take a midcourse exam (100 points) and a comprehensive final exam (150 points). Both exams consist of multiple-choice and true/false questions. The exams are closed book and notes, but do not have a time limit.

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These assignments and exams are included in your course grade:

Assignment Points Directions
Writing Assignment 1: Getting to Know You

Writing Response 1: Path to Certification


A brief introduction to you, your  interests, and abilities
1½-page (400-word) essay
Writing Response 2: Stress Coping Classification/Application 30 1-page (300-word) essay
Writing Response 3: Developmental Issues 30 1-page flyer
Writing Response 4: Therapeutic Activities 30 1-page (300-word) essay
Writing Response 5: Preparation Video Response 30 1-page (300-word) essay
Writing Response 6: Emergency Room Exploration 30 1½-page (400-word) essay
Writing Response 7: Design for Use 30 1-page (300-word) summary
Writing Response 8: Family Support Exploration 30 1-page essay or brochure
Writing Response 9: Pain Management 30 1½-page (400-word) essay
Writing Response 10: Medical Mission Plan 30 1½-page (400-word) essay
Writing Response 11: Chronic Conditions 30 500–1000-word essay
Writing Response 12: Memorializing a Loss 30 2-page (550-word) assignment
Writing Response 13: Self-Care Applications 30 1-page (300-word) essay
Writing Response 14: Terminology Discovery 30 1-page (300-word) assignment
Writing Response 15: Child Life Resource 30 1–2-page (300–500-word) essay
Diagnosis Journal Entries 1–5 50 5 1-page (300-word) write ups
Diagnosis Journal Entries 5–10 50 5 1-page (300-word) write ups
Diagnosis Journal Entries 10–15 50 5 1-page (300-word) write ups
Child Life Practice Assignment 1: Psychosocial Impacts 30 2-page (500-word) written project
Child Life Practice Assignment 2: Preparation Sample Script 30 2-page (500-word) written project
Child Life Practice Assignment 3: Application Review 30 2-page (500-word) written project
Child Life Practice Assignment 4: Religious and Cultural Issues


2–4-page (500–1000-word) written project
Child Life Practice Assignment 5: Child Life Resources 30 2–4-page (500–1000-word) written project
Midcourse Exam 100 Multiple-choice exam
Final Exam 150 Multiple-choice exam
Total 1000  

Grade Scale

The letter grade for the course is calculated based on these percentages:

A 100–95%
A− 94–90%
B+ 89–87%
B 86–83%
B− 82–80%
C+ 79–77%
C 76–73%
C− 72–70%
D+ 69–67%
D 66–63%
D− 62–60%
E (fail) 59–0%

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Copyright Notice

The materials used in connection with this online course are only for the use of students enrolled in this course for purposes associated with this course and may not be retained or further disseminated. Any copying or further dissemination of these materials may be subject to applicable U.S. Copyright Laws. For questions or more information, please visit the BYU Copyright Licensing Office website.

“Members of the BYU community who willfully disregard this Copyright Policy or the BYU Copyright Guidelines place themselves individually at risk of legal action and may incur personal liability for their conduct. The unauthorized use or distribution of copyrighted material, including unauthorized peer-to-peer file sharing, may subject individuals to civil and criminal liabilities, including actual and statutory damages, costs and fees of litigation, fines, and imprisonment

Violations of the Copyright Policy may result in university disciplinary action including termination of university enrollment or employment.” (Emphasis added. Excerpt taken from the BYU Copyright Policy)

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Preventing & Responding to Sexual Misconduct

In accordance with Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Brigham Young University prohibits unlawful sex discrimination against any participant in its education programs or activities. The university also prohibits sexual harassment—including sexual violence—committed by or against students, university employees, and visitors to campus. As outlined in university policy, sexual harassment, dating violence, domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking are considered forms of "Sexual Misconduct" prohibited by the university.

University policy requires all university employees in a teaching, managerial, or supervisory role to report all incidents of Sexual Misconduct that come to their attention in any way, including but not limited to face-to-face conversations, a written class assignment or paper, class discussion, email, text, or social media post. Incidents of Sexual Misconduct should be reported to the Title IX Coordinator at t9coordinator@byu.edu or (801) 422-8692. Reports may also be submitted through EthicsPoint at https://titleix.byu.edu/report or 1-888-238-1062 (24-hours a day).

BYU offers confidential resources for those affected by Sexual Misconduct, including the university’s Victim Advocate, as well as a number of non-confidential resources and services that may be helpful. Additional information about Title IX, the university’s Sexual Misconduct Policy, reporting requirements, and resources can be found at http://titleix.byu.edu or by contacting the university’s Title IX Coordinator.

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