Therapeutic Recreation Programs

Coping with Pediatric Conditions | Online Course

RTH 404/504, section 411
RTH 404, section 415
(This section will open only if the first section is filled)

May 27-August 15, 2014
Tuition, 3 credit* (UG/GRAD),
*a $15 Registration Fee and a $2/credit D2L (Desire2Learn) Fee is assessed to all students each semester.
Registration Deadline: May 20, 2014

This online course will explore common pediatric disabling conditions and diseases that affect infants, children and adolescents. It will look at how these conditions affect the child and the family and how chronically ill children are impacted in each stage of development. A variety of resources will be used to help explore the lived experience of a disabling condition, including: you-tube videos, blogs and websites and other personal accounts. 

This course meets the Child Life Council’s eligibility requirement to take the national certification examination in child life.

Who should take this course - Students and Practitioners in any area working with pediatrics including:

  • Child Life
  • Family Studies
  • Psychology
  • Therapeutic Recreation

Instructor: Rachael Kaiser

Rachael is a certified child life specialist who has worked in outpatient surgery at Gundersen Health System in La Crosse since 2002. She proposed and implemented the child life position in the Outpatient Surgery Center and created the Teddy Bear Care Pre-Admission Tour Program, which provides tours to future pediatric surgical patients at Gundersen Health System. Rachael has a master’s degree in Family Studies; her breadth of knowledge and experience, combined with her positive facilitator presence in the online learning environment make this course highly sought after.

The tuition plateau does not apply to students enrolling in undergraduate or graduate credit courses through the  Office of Continuing Education and Extension.

If you are not a current UW-L student, you must first complete the online application for admission and pay a $100 registration deposit upon acceptance to UW-La Crosse.

UW-L Academic Credit Online Admission Application Directions (2 page PDF)

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To register or for more information simply contact: Briana Meuer, 608.785.6513;