Child Life Private Practice
Most children cannot express their strong emotions using words. They can, however, express themselves through their play.
During COVID19 we are still seeing clients for regular sessions (masks required), outdoor sessions, and home visits (masks required).
"There's no person in the whole world like you, and I like you just the way you are."
Services to meet your child's needs
Home Visits & Virtual Visits
Limited to one hour of Bridgton. *Travel fees may apply
(Includes Greater Portland & Auburn, ME, North Conway, NH)
Play Warriors, Inc. Playroom
82 Main St. Suite B-2, Bridgton, ME 04009
Child Life Private Practice
What can child life services provide for my child?
Child life professionals provide psychosocial support to children, families and their support systems impacted by stress related to significant life experiences. These events could influence typical growth and development and child life professionals aim to minimize the risk of long-term negative effects. Children of all ages may experience emotions such as fear, shame, confusion and loneliness, which can inhibit their natural development. This can also lead to regression in some children and sometimes can cause long-term negative effects without support. While certified child life specialists are experts in child development and medical terminology, they do not diagnose. Referrals to other specialties will be recommended if necessary.
Some of these adverse child experiences include:
Chronic illness of self or loved one
Hospitalization, or fear of hospitals
Loss of a loved one (including pet loss)
Divorce or family separation
Parent's substance use disorder
Foster care adjustment
Witnessing violent acts related to domestic violence or natural disasters.
What will the child life specialist do?
*Foster a safe and therapeutic relationship characterized by compassion, empathy, respect and expertise in psychosocial and developmental needs.
*Encourage normalcy, empowerment and healthy coping strategies.
*Enhance the child’s self-advocacy and communication skills through cultivating understanding and empathy within siblings and peers.
*Provide developmentally appropriate explanations to the child about the sequence, nature, and reasons for life experiences.
*Provide play opportunities that promote a sense of mastery, optimal development and an understanding of significant life experiences.
*Engage the child in varied activities that facilitate identification and expression of emotions.
Some of these activities may include:
Therapeutic play interventions
Legacy building for loved ones or pets
Creative writing, songwriting
Meditation & yoga
Medical procedure preparation
*Telehealth & Texting sessions available
Certified Child Life Specialists have a professional obligation to follow the Child Life Certification Commission’s Code of Professional Practice which outlines the ethical responsibilities of the professional. Child life professionals will only practice within areas of specialty for which they have received training. When the needs of children, families and their support systems extend beyond the scope of practice, it is the ethical responsibility of the child life professional to make recommendations for and referrals to additional services. (ACLP Position Paper, Scope of Practice 2019)
Kimberly Leighton, CCLS, Founder/President
"Kim is awesome to work with and my daughter absolutely loves playing with her to distract her during her weekly 7 hour infusions! She's a breath of fresh air and she is amazing to work with! We are super thankful that she travels to do in-home work as McKenzie's infusions are done at home now. I was looking for a child life specialist for months to make home visits and I couldn't find anyone. I was beyond excited when I made a few contacts and found out she was looking at starting up her own company! We are very thankful for Kim being a part of our journey! Thank you!" _Krystye Bettney
"Often times when people or organizations have a motto, it's not something you can actively see or feel. That is not the case with Play Warriors; Kim truly understands the benefits of play and takes the time to get to know the whole child and their family to tailor her work to the needs and style of the child. She is always a calm presence, incredibly intuitive and thoughtful in her approach, and never strays from having her commitment to work in the best interest of the child. Her work is not only about children who are undergoing hospital procedures, she's incredibly gifted at working with children with anxiety, school challenges, sensory disorders and more. Further, she makes herself available to the family and the school, and her off-site visits were extremely beneficial as an addition to my kiddo's office visits. I'd highly recommend Kim and Play Warriors!" _Donna Vieira
"In March of 2018, my children went through the loss of my husband, their father/stepfather and our best friend. My children shut down and lost their smiles. I had to reevaluate myself and what I was going to do to pick up the pieces. I needed to get our smiles back! Play Warriors Of Maine has gone above and beyond what I would have ever expected. Kim is absolutely 110% and amazing, caring, understanding individual. She has given us our smile back!" Alexa Baumgardner