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Clinical Careers

Position: Child Life Specialist
Program/Service/Department: Specialized Orthopedic & Developmental Rehab

Competition #: 07-164
Status: Permanent Full Time
Salary: $24.97 - $29.21 per hour

Posting Date: November 22, 2021
Closing Date:
Novemebr 29, 2007

Key Responsibilities:

  • Provides therapeutic play opportunities and programming designed to reduce stress, help clients cope with illness and hospitalization, promote development, foster independence, and develop a positive self-esteem and a sense of mastery
  • Helps prepare clients for diagnostic and medical/nursing procedures through medical play, demonstration, discussion and various expressive mediums in efforts to promote positive coping, adjustment and compliance with various hospital procedures and experiences
  • Provides emotional support to clients during times of stress to include: measures of comfort; clarifying information; coping support during treatment; and post-procedure follow-up to support the resolution of feelings of fear, anxiety and pain
  • Provides support, education and feedback to families regarding developmental and psychosocial needs, appropriate interventions, advocacy, and the ongoing development of positive parenting and coping strategies
  • Provides diversional activities and celebrations as appropriate
  • Prepares in-services and educational experiences for students, staff and community agents regarding the psychosocial needs of children and adolescents in hospital with illness and/or disabilities
  • Other duties as assigned


  • A minimum of a Bachelor’s degree in psychology, child studies, or health-related study required
  • Master’s degree (M.A., M.Sc., or M.Ed.) or Child Life graduate diploma preferred
  • Certification (or eligible for) as a Child Life Specialist by the Child Life Council
  • Experience as clinical Child Life Specialist in healthcare setting required
  • Child Life Council (CLC) membership preferred
  • Current Basic Cardiac Life Support (BCLS) - Basic Rescuer (C) certification required
  • English language communication skills required for preparing documentation and communicating verbally with all levels of staff and the public
  • Multilingual skills an asset.
  • Ability to develop a sense of trust and positive, supportive therapeutic relationship with infants, children, adolescents and families in a healthcare setting
  • Ability to assess development, stress response, coping and behavioural expression in infants, children, and adolescents; identify areas of strength and areas in need of further development; and determine interventions to prevent emotional trauma and promote positive coping, adjustment and progressive development
  • Ability to develop strong interpersonal relations and work and communicate effectively with other professionals and various working teams, and work across different program structures

All interested candidates are invited to submit their application, quoting the competition number, to:

Human Resources
Bloorview Kids Rehab
150 Kilgour Road, Toronto, Ontario M4G 1R8
Fax: (416) 424-3868
E-mail: humanresources at bloorview dot ca *(see Note below)

*Note: Copy the above e-mail address into the To field of your e-mail message and reconstruct the e-mail address by removing the spaces and replacing the “at” and “dot” with the proper symbols (@ and .) respectively.Bloorview Kids Rehab is an equal opportunity employer.

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