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What is Sensory Seeking

The Role of Child Life Specialists in Community Settings
The compulsive need for continuous sensory input to regulate.
Published in Chapter:
Vanessa Carolyn Andrews (Elizabeth Seton Children's Center, USA)
Copyright: © 2023 |Pages: 26
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-6684-5097-0.ch011
The number of children living with a disability is substantial and expanding. Children with disabilities and their families are disproportionately exposed to adverse experiences, increased stress and stigmatization, face more barriers, and are more likely to be diagnosed with mental health disorders. Unfortunately, adequate and specifically tailored professionals, programs, and interventions aimed to enhance resilience, support families, and decrease stigma have not increased proportionately. Certified Child Life Specialists (CCLS) promote coping, validate emotions, and use play-based techniques to build relationships and increase understanding of difficult experiences. By increasing the availability of Certified Child Life Specialists in community settings, children with disabilities and their families will gain additional advocacy, insight, and opportunities to lead fuller, more supported lives.
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