Child Life Services

Child Life Services at MassGeneral Hospital for Children assists children and adolescents coping with illness and medical treatment.

The program is dedicated to creating a comfortable, therapeutic and family-centered environment. Our goal is to optimize a patient’s growth and development, decrease anxiety and foster positive coping skills. Medical preparation and procedural support, offered by Child Life, helps patients gain a sense of mastery over their health care experiences. We encourage play opportunities and peer socialization to help normalize the hospital setting.

Child Life Specialists are certified in the assessment and treatment of the developmental, emotional and psychosocial issues of children. As members of the health care team, we provide consultation and intervention services regarding child development and the impact of illness, injury and hospitalization on children and families.

Meet the Team

Center for Perioperative Care (Pediatrics)Office Phone: 617-643-9276

Ellison 17 Pediatric Unit (Birth through Eight Years)Office Phone: 617-724-5727

Ellison 18 Pediatric Unit (Eight Years through Twenty-One Years)Office Phone: 617-724-5839

Emergency DepartmentOffice Phone: 617-643-9276

Pediatric EndoscopyOffice Phone: 857-238-7347

Pediatric Hematology-Oncology Clinic & Francis H. Burr Proton Therapy CenterOffice Phone: 617-643-1819

Pediatric ImagingOffice Phone: 617-724-1153

Pediatric Intensive Care UnitOffice Phone: 617-724-4350


  • Hospital pre-admission tours and education by appointment.
  • Support to patients and families before, during and after medical procedures.
  • Therapeutic play and recreational activities to monitor intellectual, motor, emotional and social development in a comforting, child-centered environment.
  • Educational and supportive services for staff, patients, families and school systems, emphasizing emotional needs and comprehensive health care.

Inpatient Special Programs:

  • Music Therapy
  • Artist in Residence
  • Pet Therapy
  • Hole in the Wall Volunteers
  • Angels Above theme parties and patient visits
  • Child Life volunteers
  • Starlight Foundation monthly activities
  • Parent coffee hours

Child Life Internships:

  • Spring placement application deadline 9/5, offer deadline 10/12, acceptance deadline 10/13
  • Fall placement application deadline 5/5, offer deadline 6/12, acceptance deadline 6/13
  • Internship Coordinator: Anne Bouchard Pizzano 617-724-5839
  • We do NOT accept the child life common application
  • For additional child life internship information, please refer to the following resources:


Family-centered care

We respect that the family is the center of a child’s life and we welcome families to participate in every aspect of their child’s care.

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Once we start caring, we never stop

Your kids won’t always be young--but they’ll always be welcome at Massachusetts General Hospital. The world-class care they receive here as children will grow as effortlessly as they do.