Date of Award

Winter 12-22-2019

Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Science in Education (MSEd)

First Advisor

Deborah Vilas


Children with intellectual, sensory, physical, and/or speech disabilities encounter a proliferation of challenges in the healthcare environment. Such challenges are exacerbated by insufficient knowledge in doctors, nurses, child life specialists, and other healthcare providers in bias-free and specialized healthcare delivery. To remedy this, pertinent methods informed by theoretical perspectives of atypical development that ameliorate stress and augment coping in children with disabilities are warranted. Therefore, the purpose of this independent study is to provide a synthesis of the literature that chronicles this topic. Multifarious child life interventions that are premised on contemporary developmental frameworks of childhood disability will be presented. The overall objective is to enlighten healthcare personnel of the valuable and critical approaches to implement and utilize with children with disabilities in clinical practice.


Child Life Online