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  • RN Review 5/5 Stars

    Katie provided great information and examples of how to use strategies. She had a good energy level.

  • RN Review 5/5 Stars

    My favorite part of the course was how Katie broke everything down by age and ways to apply learning by their development.

  • RN Review, 5/5 Stars

    The downloads were great and something I'll start using today!


Certified Child Life Specialist

Katie Taylor

Katie Taylor is a certified child life specialist, podcast host and CEO + Founder Child Life On Call. With the expertise of a child life specialist and the heart of a momma, Katie's passion is supporting parents, kids and the care team with the tools they deserve so they can go from overwhelmed to empowered during medical situations. With over a decade of in-hospital experience, Katie has helped hundreds of families cope with and navigate challenging life events. Katie graduated from the Pennsylvania State University and has studied and worked at facilities like Children's National Medical Center, Inova Children's Hospital, Dell Children's Medical Center and in a leadership role at St. David's Children's Hospital. She is now the CEO and Founder of Child Life On Call LLC.

Course curriculum

  • 1


    • Welcome

    • How to use this course

    • What is a child life specialist?

    • Pre-Course Survey

    • [Research Moment] Psychological Considerations in Pediatric Chronic Illness: Case Examples

  • 2

    Step 1: General Tenets When Working with Children, Teens + Families

    • Introduction to Step 1

    • General Tenets

    • Possible Medical Stressors

    • Silence is Golden.

  • 3

    Step 2: Ages and Stages

    • Introduction to Step 2

    • Infant Development

    • [Download] Infant Stim Cards

    • Toddler Development

    • Pre-School Development:

    • Pre-School: Part 2

    • School Age Development:

    • Adolescent

    • [Download] Developmental Handout for Parents

  • 4

    Step 3: Creating Successes

    • Introduction to Step 3

    • Factors to Consider

    • Targeting the Caregiver + Assessment

    • Acknowledging Pain

    • One Voice

    • How to Prepare Kids for Procedures

    • [Model Video] How to prepare a child for a shot

    • [Blog] Tips to Help a Patient Cope with a Fear of Needles

    • [Blog] Preparation

    • [Download] Therapeutic Activity: 5 Senses Preparation

    • [Download] How to Prepare a Child for Shots + Vaccines

  • 5

    Step 4: Special Considerations

    • Introduction to Step 4 + Language Considerations

    • Children with Sensory Needs

    • Asking the caregiver: Sensory Considerations

    • [Download] All About Me

    • [Download] Parent Resource: Autism Spectrum Disorder

    • [Download] Parent Resource: Special Needs

  • 6

    Final Survey, Closing and Certificate

    • Post-Course Survey

    • Closing notes and last minute tips

  • 7

    Extra! Live Masterclass: Comfort Positioning

    • Watch the Replay: Live Masterclass

    • Comfort Position Guide by Child Life On Call and Meg Foundation for Pain