Kids Can Cope: Child Life Training and Infant Massage Certification
“At the hospital I had a nurse who helped chase my fears away.
Daisy Fund had trained her in special “child life” play.
She let me play with the sleepy mask and “took blood” from my cloth doll’s arm.
I blew bubbles when the needles hurt, to help me stay very calm.”
In the third year of our national Child Life Leaders (CLL) training program in Kenya, we aim to train five CLLs as Certified Infant Massage Instructors. Infant massage dramatically reduces the stress and pain of babies and young children in potentially traumatic circumstances such as cancer treatment, especially in this environment where strong pain medication is costly and in limited supply.
This training course will also include the third phase of a formal child life training syllabus, building on existing services and filling identified gaps in care provision, to promote quality of life for all children affected by cancer in the country