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Child life specialists help children cope with the feelings they may have about their illness, injury, disability, or hospitalization. Child life specialists help children understand their hospital experiences and prepare them for tests by using dolls, pictures, and medical equipment. Child life specialists have a masters or bachelor's degree in child life or a closely related field and must complete a child life internship to become certified.

Child Life Programs

Preparation

Our Child Life Specialists use child-friendly terms, pictures, and models to help patients understand what to expect during a procedure.

Procedure Support

We provide support to enhance positive patient and family coping during procedures. Examples include promoting parental participation and using diversion and relaxation techniques.

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.

Family Support

Our team provides support services to help ease stress and anxiety families experience when a child is receiving care.

Stories

Child Life: Making the Hospital a Positive Experience

Hospitals can be scary places. That’s why the certified Child Life specialists at Children’s Mercy do whatever it takes to make kids feel empowered and comfortable during their stay. From hosting carnivals and patient proms, to using child-friendly models, pictures and real-life canine buddies (Hope and Hunter, the service dogs!), Child Life eases stress and anxiety for kiddos and their families.

Child Life Contact Form