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Burn Center Child Life services

Child Life Services


Allison C. Della Penna
Burn Clinic Child Life Specialist
[email protected]

Chrissy Kudrewicz
11E Child Life Specialist 
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Golisano Children's Hospital Child Life Program

Child life specialists (CLS) are members of the multidisciplinary team who help patients and families cope with their medical experience. Child life specialists help to meet children’s social, emotional, and developmental needs while in the hospital. The Clark Burn Center has child life specialists to provide support for pediatric burn survivors and their families during both their inpatient hospitalization and their outpatient treatment in the burn clinic.

Burn Clinic Preparation

Below is information to assist you and your child during your transition to the burn clinic. These documents allow you and your child to prepare for their first visit, in hopes to reduce stress and anxiety related to medical encounters.

Children of Adult Patients

Family Education

Below is information to help you, your child and family to have a better understanding of your medical care with the burn team. These documents may provide you with tips and tricks to have the most success at helping your child cope throughout their journey as a burn survivor.

Inpatient Resources

Below is information to help prepare you and your child for a successful hospitalization.

Summer Burn Camp

A 4-day, 3-night summer camp for pediatric burn survivors, ages 5 to 18 years old, at Beaver Camp in Lowville NY. A time where young burn survivors join together and engage in team building activities that create long lasting friendships with people who understand what each other has gone through. Full camper scholarships are funded by the Burn Foundation of CNY. 

Please connect with Allison Della Penna, Burn Clinic Child Life Specialist, for more information about this opportunity for your child. 

Summer 2022 Burn Camp Photo Gallery