Child Life Services

When a child has to go to the hospital, whether it be for an outpatient appointment, a day surgery or an overnight stay, it brings nervousness and anxiety to the whole family. At Floating Hospital for Children in Boston, we have a special program called Child Life Services dedicated to ensuring that all aspects of your child’s life go on as normal, from play to learning.

The Child Life Services Program, initiated in 1948 as one of the nation’s first hospital activity programs for children, is designated to help patients and their families cope with the stress of illness, injury, disability and hospitalization. We offer a range of services including tutoring, arranging overnight privileges for parents, support groups and play. 

Play is a vital component of children’s lives; at all stages of development, play is the major way that children communicate, learn, rehearse, relax and have fun. Children gain a sense of mastery and control through play, leading to an increased ability to cope with stress.  Play is a valuable way to help children in the hospital express their feelings and deal with being ill. The Floating Hospital pioneered the concept of integrating play into the daily routine, and it is an important part of the care Child Life provides.


Tufts Medical Center staff dance to the hand jive to promote hand hygiene.

Watch our doctors do the 'HandJive' to promote hand hygiene.

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Floating Hospital for Children patients sing 'One Voice' to recognize child life specialists.

"One Voice" shows the importance of teamwork and family-centered care at Floating Hospital.

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You Don't Have to Be Big to Be Strong at Floating Hospital for Children in Boston, MA.

"They love without limit, so we fight without compromise."

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Team IMPACT works with kids at Floating Hospital for Children.


Child Life Specialists have helped bring college athletes and pediatric patients together through this unique program.

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