Child Life Programs
The Child Life Department has created a variety of programs to support patients and families during their time in the hospital.
Playgroups and Evening Programs
These are designed to help inpatients learn, play, or talk with other patients. The Child Life specialist, the patient's nurse, and the medical team decide when a patient is ready to attend playgroups and evening programs.
Health Care Play
Patients receive hands-on opportunities to learn about medical supplies and equipment. This helps patients become more comfortable with equipment used during the clinical experience.
Our Child Life Specialists use child-friendly terms, pictures, and models to help patients understand what to expect during a procedure.
We provide support to enhance positive patient and family coping during procedures. Examples include promoting parental participation and using diversion and relaxation techniques.
Our team provides support services to help ease stress and anxiety families experience when a child is receiving care.
Children's Mercy Hospital provides dedicated
resources to meet the unique health care needs of adolescents. Our goal is to empower teenagers with the knowledge and confidence to take an
active role in their care.