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Providing a therapeutic, comfortable and engaging environment, the Division of Pediatric Hematology and Oncology Child Life Team provides a wide range of interventions and programs which aim to optimize growth and development, decrease anxiety and foster positive coping skills for children and families.
The Division of Pediatric Hematology and Oncology Child Life Team strives to provide a therapeutic, comfortable and engaging environment while optimizing growth and development, decreasing anxiety and fostering positive coping skills for children and families. Through consultations and a wide range of interventions and programs, our child life specialists address the impact of illness and hospitalization on patients ranging in age from infancy to young adulthood and their families.
Facilitating personalized developmentally appropriate, self-expressive and play interventions, the Child Life Team identifies children’s existing coping strategies, addresses misconceptions, and answers questions regarding diagnosis, treatment and care. By helping children and adolescents process potentially stressful experiences, the Child Life Team aims to build coping tools to benefit them throughout and beyond their medical journey. The Child Life Team plays a crucial role during many potentially challenging times including:
The Child Life Team offers a wide range of services to patients and their families including:
“When our son was diagnosed with leukemia and our world was rocked to the core, child life services carried our family through those dark, terrifying weeks. They created a warm, safe haven where we could come to help our son heal. As a result, he has never associated clinic visits with pain or cancer treatment, instead he always gets excited for the weekly play dates with his family friends, the child life specialists.” - Tarrah, mother of 3-year-old Caden, treated for leukemia
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