Child Life

Nate PhotographyOur Child Life Department focuses on enhancing patients’ emotional, social, and cognitive growth during their hospital stay through developmental interventions and play opportunities. Child Life specialists promote effective coping, and facilitate healing through play, preparation, education, and self-expression activities. They provide emotional support for families, and encourage optimum development of children facing challenging experiences related to healthcare and hospitalization.

Child Life specialists understand that a child’s well-being depends on the support of the family, and provide encouragement, information, and guidance to parents, siblings, and other family members.

The goals of our Child Life team are to:

  • Ease a child’s fear and anxiety through offering therapeutic and recreational play activities.
  • Encourage understanding and cooperation by providing preparation and support for children undergoing tests, surgeries, and other medical procedures.
  • Advocate for family-centered care.
  • Engage and energize children and families by coordinating special events, entertainment, and activities.
  • Consider the needs of siblings, or others who may also be affected by a child’s illness or trauma.

The members of the Child Life team are certified professionals that, at a minimum, have earned a bachelor’s or master’s degree in child life, child development, education, or a related field of study.