Adolescent and Young Adult (AYA) Child Life

Child Life Specialists are available in the outpatient clinic, on 4 Henson Tower and the Bone Marrow Transplant Unit as well as many other areas in the hospital. A Child Life Specialist is trained to meet the developmental, emotional and psycho-social needs of AYA patients and their families by advocating for children in all areas of the hospital. You may see a Child Life Specialist hanging out with teens. Child Life Specialists aid in pain management and assist with positive coping skills by providing age-appropriate teaching about surgery or procedures, providing support and distraction during procedures, helping AYA patients adjust to diagnosis, treatment and hospitalization, providing support for brothers and sisters, and by providing many opportunities for social contact and peer interaction.

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