I have been a Certified Child Life Specialist since 2003. That’s a long time! Over those years, the main question I was asked was ‘What is a Child Life Specialist?” Well, as a Child Life Specialist my purpose is to help infants, children, youth, and families cope with stressful life events by assisting them to increase their coping skills and resilience.
Many of my years in Child Life were focused in hospital settings. I have helped children and families cope with challenging diagnosis, assisted with procedural support, and walked alongside them as they navigated the healthcare environment. Now, I have delved into a new way to serve children and families. I have developed my own private practice where I can utilize my skill set and cater them to each individual and family in more of a community based setting outside of the hospital workplace.
My interventions are developmentally appropriate, evidence-based, and include but are not limited to therapeutic play, education, expressive activities, preparation, psycho-social support and coping enhancement. My goals are to provide individualized services that increase resilience, coping abilities, and self-awareness while decreasing fear, anxiety/stress, and pain. I value diversity of individual and family strengths and needs as well as recognize the importance of support systems and community connections. My foundations in theories of child development, play, stress/coping, as well as family systems are a basis for my professional practice. I am committed to building therapeutic relationships built on trust, respect, and professionalism that contribute to increasing confidence and problem-solving skills.
I offer Virtual Child Life Services to children and families from the comfort of their homes.
I am also a Christian Family Support Specialist and offer consulting services to Children’s Ministries and other programs interested in incorporating teaching about Jesus to children. I offer speaking and group teaching engagements on a variety of topics via webinar or in person.
“Marinda is one of those special people that the Lord allowed us to cross paths with during Josh’s journey. In doing that, we have gained a life-long friend, and one that we can say was always there for our family during his illness. She is a very special lady who is gifted at what she does. We are eternally grateful God blessed our lives with her.” – Adcock Family
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