Child Life

girl plays with blocks in Child Life Services

As a parent, you may feel anxious or have a lot of questions during your visit. At Children’s Hospital & Medical Center, Child Life will support your family every step of the way.

Child Life helps patients and families address the emotional and developmental aspects of a child’s hospital visit. Child life specialists are trained to understand the unique concerns and needs of pediatric patients’ and their families.

They know how to help children understand their medical condition and procedure. They give parents a brief respite during a long hospital stay. And they love answering questions.

Our child life team is ready to help in many ways — whether that means using medical play to help a child understand an upcoming surgery, or providing them with play activities as a distraction during a test or procedure.

Child life specialists are available for patients throughout Children’s, including:

  • Inpatient units
  • Radiology
  • Hematology/Oncology Clinic and Infusion Center
  • Outpatient surgery at CARES (Children’s Ambulatory Recovery and Express Services)
  • Emergency Department

Pet Therapy

Our Pet Therapy program has been suspended for the time being. We apologize for the inconvenience and will let you know when this will resume.

Playroom Hours, Location, and Guidelines

The playroom is currently closed. Please feel free to ask the staff to contact Child Life for any needs you may have.

Services We Offer

Child life specialists are ready to help patients and families by:

  • Providing patients with opportunities for developmentally-appropriate play during an inpatient stay or outpatient visit
  • Offering developmental support, including:
    • Performing developmental assessments of fine and gross motor skills, as well as language, cognitive, and social development
    • Creating individual play plans designed to help your child reach developmental goals
  • Helping children cope before, during, and after a trip to the hospital, getting a diagnosis, receiving treatment, or having surgery
  • Supporting siblings by providing developmentally appropriate explanations and coping tools
  • Providing assistance and resources to help children understand and cope with the death of a loved one
  • Helping children prepare to return to school after a long absence due to an illness or hospital stay

Child Life Events – July

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
1
Craft of the Week Delivery
2
2 p.m.
BINGO
TV channel 44
3
6 7
10:00 a.m.
Child Life LIVE
TV channel 44
8
Craft of the Week Delivery
9
2 p.m.
BINGO
TV channel 44
10
SUMMER MOVIE NIGHT
Movie & Activity
in your room
13 14
10:00 a.m.
Child Life LIVE
TV channel 44
15
Craft of the Week Delivery
16
2 p.m.
BINGO
TV channel 44
17
Minion Night
Movie & Activity
in your room
20 21
10:00 a.m.
Child Life LIVE
TV channel 44
22
Craft of the Week Delivery
23
2 p.m.
BINGO
TV channel 44
24
Christmas In July Night
Movie & Activity
in your room
27 28
10:00 a.m.
Child Life LIVE
TV channel 44
29
Craft of the Week Delivery
30
2 p.m.
BINGO
TV channel 44
31
Lego Movie Night
Movie & Activity
in your room


“Your children are among the greatest delights of my life. I watch these youngsters face their disease every day and bounce back with laughter, imagination, and amazing courage.”

—Christy Hogan, CCLS, Child Life Specialist, Children’s Hospital & Medical Center

What To Do Next

For more information about Child Life at Children’s, call 402-955-5322 during normal business hours.

Your child’s nurse or other care team members can also connect you with a child life specialist.

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