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Patient and family resources
Patient and family resources

Child Life

  • Child Life Programs focus on the social and emotional impact of illness and hospitalization.
  • Child Life strives to promote a positive hospital experience for children.
  • Child Life Specialists use play as a tool for socialization, preparation, expression of feelings, normalization and learning.

What is the Role of the Child Life Specialist?

  • Assessing the physical, social and emotional responses of the child and family to illness and hospitalization.
  • Providing therapeutic play interventions to enhance coping.
  • Utilizing preparation as a means for exploring creativity and developing self mastery.
  • Facilitating safe play environments and play programs. Co-ordinating special events.
  • Advocating for the psychosocial needs of children and families.
  • Collaborating with children, families, health care professionals and community agencies.
  • Providing supportive relationships for patients and families.

"We embrace the value of play in our commitment to children's health and development."