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Wolfson Children's Hospital Child Life

Child Life

Child Life specialists at Wolfson Children’s help kids understand what's happening and can ease fears through education, support and play.

Child Life

Support for Kids

Our Child Life specialists are essential members of your child’s health care team. By easing stress and anxiety, they help kids gain a sense of control in the hospital environment.

How We Help

  • Reduce pain and anxiety during procedures through distraction and coping
  • Explain procedures and treatments in a way your child will understand
  • Offer activities to promote self-expression and coping and help make the hospital feel more friendly and comfortable
  • Ensure kids with autism or developmental delays have sensory toys and coping plans to meet their needs
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Helping Children Prepare for a Hospital Visit

Pre-Operative Tours

Surgery can be a scary experience for children and their parents. That’s why Child Life offers tours before surgery day for kids 3-18 years of age. The tour helps families see and learn what to expect the day of surgery, from check-in to recovery. To schedule a tour, call Child Life at 904.202.8541.

MR-I Am Ready!

We are one of the few hospitals in the nation offering the MR-I Am Ready! program, designed to help children complete an MRI without sedation. This means less wait time for scheduling an MRI, resulting in faster test results and no anesthesia-related risks and side effects. Children as young as 4 years of age have completed the program.

Hospital Stories

Our team put together these simple stories you can read with your child to help prepare for their hospital visit.

How You Can Help Your Child in the Hospital

Suggestions for parents from our Child Life team.

Music Therapy

Music has therapeutic benefits – from lowering stress and blood pressure to easing pain. Our music therapist customizes each session according to diagnosis, age and musical preference to create opportunities for patients to improve comfort and coping.

Helping Children with Special Needs during Lab Work

Learn more about our support and distraction techniques during blood draws and other lab work for kids with an autism spectrum disorder and other special needs.

Themed Playrooms

Our inviting, kid-friendly playrooms offer toys, games, arts and crafts and more for all ages. Each floor has a playroom decorated in a unique, fun theme.

Wolfson Children's Hospital Child Life Football-Themed Playroom
Wolfson Children's Hospital Child Life Train-Themed Playroom
Wolfson Children's Hospital Child Life Space-Themed Playroom

Our Team

The Child Life team is part of what makes Wolfson Children’s such a special place for kids. They work together with your child’s doctors, nurses and other caregivers to make the hospital experience as pleasant as possible.

Qualified Health Care Professionals

At Wolfson Children’s, Child Life specialists have a minimum of a bachelor’s degree in Child Life, Child Development, Child and Family Studies or a related field. The Association of Child Life Professionals provides professional certification for child life specialists (CCLS).

Interested in a Child Life Career?

Learn about our internship and practicum programs.

Wolfson Children's Hospital Child Life

Comfort from a Robot

Watch Child Life in Action
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Ways to Give

When a child is in the hospital, play is an important part of the healing process. With your help, we can make sure there are enough toys and activities for all of our patients, from infants to teens.

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