Vanessa Finnerty, MS, CCLS

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Vanessa Finnerty, MS, CCLS

Certified Child Life Specialists have a background in child development, and employ a mix of education, play, therapeutic, and self-expression activities to help children cope with healthcare experiences. They also provide support to families and advocate for family-centered care and the needs of the child. Our Child Life Specialists use age-appropriate educational materials so that patients can see, feel, hear and touch things with which they will come in contact during a procedure, test, or their hospital stay in order to reduce their fears. Child Life will help patients and families to navigate challenges such as coping difficulties, information about an illness or new diagnosis, preparation for scheduled procedures, assist with fears and compliance, and more.