Program DescriptionChild Life Specialists (CLS) are members of the health care team who provide support for patients and their family members throughout their hospital journey. Their services and support vary depending on the needs of each individual patient and family that they encounter. CLS have special expertise to educate and work alongside the interdisciplinary team.  Some of their activities include utilizing therapeutic play to allow the child to understand their time in the hospital system, preparing patients for what they are going to experience in the hospital to promote positive coping, assisting with pain management techniques and how to empower a patient to do difficult tasks in addition to supporting the family throughout this journey.  All these interactions are guided by the CLS’s knowledge of child development.  

The goal of this special program is to provide a forum to share information of the roles of Child Life Specialists (CLS) in Nephrology with fellow Nephrology Practitioners and foster an exchange of ideas on how this group of professionals can best support and serve the unique patient population they care for. 

Topics and Presentations: 

10:00 am Welcome and Introductions – Amanda Porter, MS, CCLS


Presentation 1: Medication Adherence 

  • Recognizing that medication non-adherence in the pediatric population is high.  Strategies CLS do to combat non-adherence 

Presentation 2: Nutrition 

  • Phosphorus, Potassium & Sodium. How do we educate and encourage patients to monitor and maintain their strict diet? 

Presentation 3: Top Procedures

  • What are the main procedures that CLS support dialysis patients? 

Presentation 4: Fluid Goals 

  • How do CLS support and educate patients in the importance of their fluid goals. 

Presentation 5: Case Studies 

  • Case study presentations presented discussing the transition from CKD to Dialysis to Transplant 

Presentation 6: Patient/Team Panel

5:00 pm Adjourn