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Jessalyn Hyatt, CCLS

Jessalyn Hyatt, CCLS

Jessalyn Hyatt is the child life specialist at Shriners Hospitals for Children — St. Louis. Jessalyn graduated from Missouri State University with a Bachelor of Science in child and family development with an emphasis on child life. She also earned child life certification. Jessalyn’s main priority is to follow the child life goal of helping children better understand and cope with their procedure(s) by decreasing fear, stress and anxiety.

Jessalyn provides opportunities to engage patients in normal day-to-day activities, supports their development and enhances their ability to cope with the hospital experience. She discusses coping techniques for patients and family members to utilize during their time at Shriners Hospitals for Children — St. Louis. Jessalyn offers procedural teaching and therapeutic distraction during procedures. She walks patients through procedures using medical equipment and age-appropriate terminology to help desensitize patients to the equipment that can appear threatening.