Child Life and Family Development programs

Please note: Due to COVID-19, Child Life programs have been modified or suspended for the time being.  

Our programs are meant to normalize the hospital environment and provide personalized support to meet each family’s needs.  

Weekly activities  

Animal assisted therapy 

This program invites trained volunteers and their adult dogs to engage with children to reduce the stress of hospitalization. Animal assisted therapy has been found to reduce stress, lower blood pressure, promote healing and provide comfort. Often, the dogs remind patients of a pet they have at home. Each dog must be a certified therapy dog, have completed obedience classes and be up to date on their immunizations.  

Music therapy 

Music therapy is available to all pediatric patients at Nebraska Medicine. Learn more.  

Monthly activities 

  • Art 
  • BINGO 
  • Ceramics 
  • Clowns 
  • Family yoga 
  • Hair cuts 
  • Magician 
  • Movie night 
  • Science buddies 
  • Story time 

Annual activities 

  • Pediatric neonatal memorial services 

Special parties 

  • Birthday parties 
  • Summer beach party 
  • Trick-or-treat parade 
  • Winter holiday party 

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Contact us to make an appointment

800.922.0000