Care Dimensions joins with The Association of Child Life Professionals this March to celebrate Child Life Month and to recognize the efforts of North Andover resident Cammy Adler-Roth, certified child life specialist and licensed clinical social worker, who serves as the children’s program manager for Care Dimensions, a provider of hospice services.
Adler-Roth received her Master of Science in social work from the University of Texas at Austin and her Bachelor of Science in child life and human development from Wheelock College. She has worked and interned in a variety of settings including The SPARK Center at Boston Medical Center, Boston Children’s Hospital and the Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital in Cape Town, South Africa, among others.
Child life specialists are certified professionals trained at the master’s level in child development, family studies and psychosocial support. At Care Dimensions they provide a variety of supportive services to anyone in the community, regardless of hospice involvement. Services can include educating families on developmental understanding of death and dying; meeting with children in their homes, schools or extended day programs to help them process their feelings about end of life; providing opportunities for children to process grief reactions through therapeutic and expressive art activities; preparing children to visit their loved one in the hospital, hospice house or other inpatient setting; preparing children for funeral or memorial services; providing community outreach through free support groups, events and school support; and facilitating activities to maintain connections with loved ones.
Adler-Roth also runs bereavement support groups for children and teens throughout the school year and coordinates Care Dimensions’ annual Camp Stepping Stones, a day camp experience for families who have experienced the death of someone close to them, which takes place on July 14, as well as a Camp Family Kick-Off Event scheduled for June 13.
For more information on Child Life Services or to register for upcoming events or support groups, call 855-774-5100 or email ChildLife@CareDimensions.org.