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Child Life

Programs & Services


Child Life Specialists are here to help children and families cope with medical experiences.  Our Child Life Specialists work directly with the families and healthcare providers to create the best hospital experience possible.  We are here to improve a child’s understanding of healthcare and life experiences, identify strengths within the family, offer emotional support, and facilitate continued child development and growth.  We offer a variety of services:

  • Non-medical preparation for tests, surgeries, and other procedures
  • Procedural support and distraction
  • Medical play using special dolls, stuffed animals, and medical equipment
  • Special events, entertainment and play activities that promote normal development and growth among infants, children, and adolescents
  • Support for siblings who are also affected by a child’s illness or trauma
  • Pre-admission hospital tours and resources, and consultations with outpatient families
  • Support for grief and bereavement concerns


We also have a variety of programs that enhances a child's experience by promoting self expression through art and music. Please select a link to find out more about our therapy programs:

Art Therapy

Music Therapy