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Child Life During a Hospital Stay

The inpatient Child Life specialists assist children in adjusting to the demands of an inpatient stay in the hospital.  We offer preparation for, and support throughout treatments, tests, and/or procedures.  Children who are restricted to their rooms are visited daily with appropriate play and art activities based on their individual interests and needs.  Our staff helps children and families recognize special occasions and also plans visits by performance artists, celebrity sports figures and a special dog visitor.  Child Life is available Monday-Saturday on the medical, surgical and pediatric intensive care units.

The tutoring service provides children the opportunity to maintain their schoolwork and obtain academic credit for work completed during their stay in the hospital.  It also helps to provide as much continuity of normal life experiences as possible during this time. Certain requirements must be met in order to qualify for these services. The Child Life staff can assist with referrals.