Child Life Services
Providing pediatric patients and their families with
a sense of normalcy during hospitalization.
Karen Swartz, CCLS, CEIM, explains the role a child life specialst plays in a patient's hospital experience.
The hospital experience for
an infant, child or adolescent can be overwhelming. The child life
specialists at Hasbro Children's Hospital are here to support children
and families through this experience by responding to their
psychosocial, developmental and educational needs. Hasbro
Children’s Hospital offers the Child Life services with a patient
and family centered care
focus. Child Life services is located
throughout the hospital, including the pediatric intensive care unit,
emergency department, surgical services, various outpatient clinics and
Services that Child
life specialists provide during hospital visits can include:
Providing developmentally appropriate play opportunities,
including medical play.
Preparation for tests, procedures, and/or surgery through the
use of developmentally appropriate medical play and teaching
Supporting patients and families during healthcare events by
providing emotional support and/or distraction.
Offering choices to pediatric patients, which enable them to
make decisions, concentrate on play, enhance their natural
creativity, and master new skills, which enhance coping.
Helping pediatric patients maintain a sense of independence,
self-esteem, and control.