The Child Life Program
The Child Life Program is designed to help children and their families
cope with the stresses of hospitalization. Our supportive services
focus on the emotional and developmental needs of the child, as well as
the child’s family. We provide a non-threatening supportive
environment that encourages children to explore and understand their
feelings, fears and anxieties.
What is Child Life?
We ensure that our pediatric patients and their family
are comfortable and confident with the environment, procedures and the
people involved with their care. The
Child Life staff provides explanations of medical procedures to
patients and families, distracts children during medical procedures and
provides post-therapeutic intervention to ease the anxiety of the child.
Along with a team of specially trained volunteers and interns,
the child life staff strives to build a trusting relationship
with the children and their families. This is achieved by supervising
play, answering questions in age-appropriate language, and providing
educational and emotional support. The trust that is formed allows
children to express their feelings and concerns regarding their
hospitalization. We focus on creating the best possible
environment that we can for our patients and their families, and
giving the best education and support to our children and their
families in order to let them have the best hospital experience that
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What we have to offer:
Child Life services are available to all pediatric patients on
the pediatric inpatient unit. pediatric intensive care
unit and the pediatric ER.
Child Life services are available on a referral basis in other
areas of the hospital if needed.
Activities can be brought to the bedside if a child is unable to
visit the play area.
There are Starlight Fun
Centers that have DVD/Nintendo Game Cubes and DVD/Wii.
There are Starlight PC Pals, which are laptop computers for
the patients to use; they have lots of fun games, educational
games and wireless Internet access on them.
The play area has scheduled hours for safe, supervised
Play helps to build coping skills, provide distraction and
normalize the hospital experience.
Volunteers, interns and Child Life specialists staff the Child
The Child Life staff is available to support, distract and
prepare children before and during hospital procedures.
Pre-op tours and preparation
are available on an individually scheduled basis.
Clowns and Musicians come to
entertain pediatric patients and their families during their
Pet Therapists come with
their dogs to visits patients and their families at scheduled
Snoezelen is a mobile relaxation and distraction therapy
program, it comes with different sensory tools that draws
a child to focus on its various components during
are used for education and distraction with pediatric patients.
A licensed art therapist is available to pediatric patients in
need of more individual attention to cope with their
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For further information about the Child Life Program, please contact:
Director of Child Life
or a Child Life Specialist