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How Child Life Can Help

What to Expect

Increasing understanding of upcoming hospital experiences

When children don't know what to expect, they will begin to imagine what to expect, and often, things that they dream up are far worse than what will really happen. Child Life Specialists are able to share information with patients and their families about upcoming experiences. Medical play is one of the many tools used to prepare children. By using dolls, real medical equipment, and language that are appropriate for their development, children can learn about what to expect and what their role will be.

Promote ongoing growth and development of our patients

Play is a child's work. It's how children learn, grow and develop. It allows them to express themselves and feel safe in unfamiliar surroundings. Play opportunities are provided for patients in our playrooms, as well as at the bedside.

Growth and Development of Patients

Play is a child's work. It's how children learn, grow and develop. It allows them to express themselves and feel safe in unfamiliar surroundings. Play opportunities are provided for patients in our playrooms, as well as at the bedside.

Normalization of the Hospital Environment

For long periods of time, the hospital can be a home away from home. Child Life Specialists strive to promote normalization in many ways. From encouraging families to personalize their rooms, to offering programs that help promote normalization.

Sibling Support

Support for Siblings

Siblings often feel left out and forgotten when a brother or sister is sick or injured. Child Life Specialists understand the importance of helping brothers and sisters feel included. If they are visiting a brother or sister after a traumatic event, our specialists can prepare them for what they may encounter, and what lies ahead. A sibling support group is offered once a month to help brothers and sisters understand, express their thoughts and emotions. Often siblings meet other children who have a sick brother or sister too.

Brochures about the Child Life Program at the medical center and advice on how to answer question are available by downloading and mailing the order form with a check payment.