Members of our child life staff hold advanced-degree training in the growth and development of children. They provide age-appropriate information to help children cope with the hospital and prepare them emotionally for invasive procedures and surgery. Techniques include diagnosis-specific education, medical play and psychological preparation. University students from across the United States seek out the child life clinical training program at Children’s Health℠, and staff members have helped develop similar programs across the nation.
Children want to know where a heart comes from for a heart transplant and how their sibling "caught" cancer and if it's contagious. Child life specialists explain procedures in terms patients and their siblings understand. Specialists engage children in medical play, showing them how to give a teddy bear an injection or listen to its heart with a play stethoscope.
Child life specialists work with patients to help them adapt to their surroundings. They can be found playing with children in the playrooms or helping create an artistic masterpiece with glitter and glue. Older patients enjoy a game of pool or a lesson on the computer.
Children’s Health is appreciative to those individuals and groups interested in hosting a special event for our patients and families. Special event groups can choose to participate in our daily playrooms alongside our child life staff as a way to engage with patients or host a large event in our Butterfly atrium. Special events offer our patients and families a chance to get out of their room and normalize what can be an unfamiliar environment for so many.
Our playrooms and large events provide a safe environment for our patients, and we welcome those volunteering their time to help make life better for children. Event times occur Monday through Friday from 10:00am – 11:30am and 2:00pm – 3:30pm and must be scheduled in advance. Please review the special events guidelines before submitting your application to ensure this opportunity meets your goals and expectations.
To be considered for an event fill out the application by clicking below.
If you would like to donate items or non-monetary gifts to Children’s Health, please click HERE.
If you are interested in opportunities to expand your experience and make life better for children, visit the following links to learn more about our Child Life Training Opportunities and Music Therapy Training Opportunities.