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Children's of Alabama Child Life Staffers Help Plan 32nd Annual Child Life Conference

BIRMINGHAM (April 29, 2014) – Seven child life specialists from Children’s of Alabama have served on the planning committee for the Child Life Council’s 32nd Annual Conference on Professional Issues to be held in New Orleans May 22 - 25. More than 800 child life professionals, educators and students will be in attendance at the Hilton New Orleans Riverside for the largest annual gathering of child life specialists in the world.

Planning committee members from Children’s are Family and Child Life Services Director Jennifer Deneke, Bailey Chambers, Roxanna Chesteen, Joy Hardy, Allison Leaver, Lindsay Joe and Suzanne Reeves.

CLC is the leading membership association supporting child life specialists, a group of professionals who help children and families to master challenging health care experiences through play, preparation, education and emotional support.

Child life specialists help children and families cope with stressful experiences in hospitals and other settings, and support the optimum development of each child by providing opportunities for play, education and self-expression. They are an integral part of the health care team, typically working closely with doctors, nurses, social workers, and teachers, among others.

Conference attendees will choose from more than 50 educational sessions that will provide practical hands-on techniques along with information about the latest developments in child life research and theory.

About Children’s of Alabama

Children’s of Alabama has provided specialized medical care for ill and injured children since 1911, offering inpatient and outpatient services throughout central Alabama. Last year, families made more than 670,000 outpatient and nearly 14,000 inpatient visits to Children’s from every county in Alabama and from 45 other states and four foreign countries. With more than 2 million square feet, Children’s is the third largest pediatric medical facility in the U.S. and has been ranked among the top children’s hospital programs in the country for the past four years by US News & World Report. More information is available at

About the Child Life Council

The Child Life Council (CLC) is the leading membership association supporting child life professionals as they empower children and families to master challenging events related to health care. Founded as a nonprofit organization in 1982, CLC provides members with professional development programs, resources, and networking opportunities, and advances best practices. Membership is currently comprised of more than 5,000 individuals in nearly 500 hospitals and other organizations worldwide. Our members include child life specialists, child life assistants, university educators and students, hospital administrators and staff, and others involved in the psychosocial care of children. More information on CLC and the child life profession is available at