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Child Life & Recreational Therapy Services and Advocacy


To provide expertise, perspective, and problem solving from a Recreation Therapy and/or Child Life lens to support organizational objectives aimed at reducing trauma, improving quality of life, and empowering populations served.


Provide large scale advocacy for children and vulnerable populations through development and implementation of innovative and culturally aware programming, curricula, and resources.


Child Life & Recreational Therapy

Private practice offerings are a great way to make direct impact with clients over time. The purpose of any of my interventions is to use my knowledge of evidence-based practice to help my clients develop lifelong skills 

As a Certified Child Life Specialist, my objective is to protect the psychosocial well-being of children to prevent trauma and reduce negative effects of stress. Most often we do this in hospital settings but have also been known to work in schools and homes, depending on the child's needs. 

As a Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist, I work to support the physical, cognitive, social, and emotional objectives through the use of recreation and leisure activities. This can include anything from sports to crafts to music to dance (and beyond)! This work can be done with adults as well.

In both of these professions, I use play and recreation to continually assess and adapt to my clients' needs. We get a lot done while also having a bit of fun! 

Popular interventions include:

  • Therapy for goals related to physical objectives, cognition, emotional expression, adaptation, and socialization.

  • Hospitalization of your child - developmentally appropriate diagnosis education, advocacy, preparation for procedures and operations, support at the hospital, processing

  • Bereavement/Grief (people, pets and general)

  • Community Reintegration

Please get in touch for a free, 15 minute consultation:

Program Development

Program development is one of my favorite things to do!  Why? Because I get to work with organizations to help tailor programming and services based on their unique needs and populations served.  In the process, I get to meet a lot of wonderful people with great vision and contagious passion. What's not to like?

Program development projects range in scale and can be implemented in schools, hospitals, private practice, and more. We'll start with a meeting to discuss your needs and vision, and then we'll work through ideas until we found the best fit for your program. I love problem solving and finding creative ways to deliver unique services - I'm always up for a challenge!

Popular programs include:

  • Child Life / Rec. Therapy Hospital or Community Programming

  • Teddy Bear Clinic (schools and hospitals)

  • Community Reintegration Programming

  • School Re-entry Programming

  • Bereavement/Grief Programming

  • Sibling Support Programming

  • Development / Sensory Programming

  • Adaptive Sport Programming

  • Understanding Puberty (for children)

  • Virtual Practicum Lectures

Presentations & Workshops

Anyone who knows me knows I love to talk about the multitude of physical and psychosocial benefits brought by these professions and can adapt the content to fit your audience. Presentations generally last 60 minutes including Q&A, but can be modified based on your needs. They can be given in-person or virtually. 

Based on the pediatric psychosocial frame of reference, popular themes include:

  • Child Development and Behavior

  • Common Children's Reactions to Hospitalization, Trauma and Stress

  • Advocating for your Child in the Hospital

  • The Importance of Child Directed Play

  • Med Training: Switching from Liquid to Pills

  • Sibling Support

  • Care for Caregivers

  • Disability Awareness & Adaptation

  • Mental Health & Self Care

  • Sensory Aware Programs for Schools

  • Parenting Through Puberty


Real life accounts from Child Life Specialists and Recreation Therapists across the globe documenting their successes, struggles, ah-ha moments, and growth opportunities. These resources aim to complement understanding of the Child Life and Recreation Therapy professions for students, clinicians, and administrators alike.

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Christen Bradbury CTRS, CCLS

Dually certified Recreation Therapist and Child Life Specialist Trained in infant massage education, psychological first aid, and trauma debriefing

Experienced in clinical work, research, program development. clinical writing, supervision, patient resource/tool development, curriculum development, disaster relief, adaptive sports, and public speaking.