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Child Life Specialists
If you are interested in becoming a child life specialist, you
will need to plan on going to college after high school. Therefore,
you should take a college preparatory curriculum. As a child life
specialist you will need to understand family dynamics, child
development, educational play, and basic medical terminology. To
help you prepare for this specialty, take psychology and sociology
courses and, if available, child development classes. In addition,
be sure that your class schedule includes science courses,
including health and biology. Because communication is such an
important aspect of this work, take English, communication, and
speech classes. You may also want to take art, physical education,
and drama classes to develop skills that you can use in a variety
of therapies, such as play, art, and recreation therapy.
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