Child Life Services
Allison C. Della Penna
Burn Clinic Child Life Specialist
11E Child Life Specialist
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.
- Transitioning from Inpatient to Clinic (Spanish)
- Preparation Book for Burn Clinic
- Preparation Book QR Code:
Children of Adult Patients
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.
- Burn Care Routines (Spanish)
- Burn Dictionary (Spanish)
- Connecting with the Burn Community (Spanish)
- Tips for Dressing Changes (Spanish)
- At Home Activities to Help Your Child (English) (Spanish)
- Understanding Your Skin (English) (Spanish)
Below is information to help prepare you and your child for a successful hospitalization.
- Inpatient Preparation Book
- Inpatient Preparation Book QR Code:
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.