Kids Can Cope Owner, Jessica Baird has been a Certified Child Life Specialist for 10 years, working in a variety of settings with children and their families. She began her career as an intern at Sacred Heart Children's Hospital in Spokane, WA where she rotated through several units including pediatric surgery, hem/onc, PICU, intermediate floors, and the ED. After completing her internship, she worked at a local hospital with one pediatric inpatient unit where she covered all areas of the hospital including adult units. She worked there for a year before moving to Concord, NC where she worked at Jeff Gordon Children's Hospital as their outpatient specialist.
Jessica has educational and clinical experience in grief and loss, trauma, stress and coping, and child development. When not working, she is spending her time playing with her 3 year old son or reading a good book!
Support to children and families experiencing grief/loss, medical procedures, and other challenging life events.
B.A in Children's Studies, 2010 Eastern Washington University
B.S in Applied Developmental Psychology, 2010
Eastern Washington University
M.A in Clinical Mental Health Counseling, 2016
University of North Carolina at Charlotte
Certified Child Life Specialist 2010 - present
Certified Grief Counselor (GC-C)
2021 - present
National Certified Counselor (NCC) 2017 - current
Safe Sleep Ambassador
Kadlec Regional Medical Center, Certified Child Life Specialist 2011 - 2012
Jeff Gordon Children's Hospital, Certified Child Life Specialist 2012 - 2016
Harmony at Home, Children's Counselor 2016 - 2017
University of Maryland Medical Center, Certified Child Life Specialist 2020 - present
Association of Child Life Professionals
National Alliance for Grieving Children
Helping children overcome life's challenges