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Child life specialists at Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital use developmental, educational and therapeutic interventions and play to help patients and their families cope with illness, injury, treatment and hospitalization. Our team works closely with families and health care staff to support each child’s physical and emotional needs during their medical experience.
Our internationally certified child life specialists provide care and support for newborns to age 21 and strive to reduce fear and stress as much as possible. Through therapy, coping support and play, our specialists provide activities to help patients and their families better understand a diagnosis and manage stressful health care experiences.
Our team provides helpful resources to help both inpatients and outpatients feel more comfortable and prepared during their hospital experience.
Our specially trained child life specialists provide many services to help patients and families understand and cope with hospitalization.
The child life clinical internship program is designed for both undergraduate students at the end of their academic program and graduate students.
Our volunteers play an important role in the experiences of our patients and families. Learn about our opportunities and find the option that is best for you.
We know that you want the best possible care for your child. Our team is happy to provide education, coping support and play opportunities.
We're ready to work with you to explain your options and discuss ways to support your child's physical and emotional needs.
Britney's kidney may be failing her, but she was determined to succeed in academics.
The hospital recently welcomed Brea, the first full-time facility dog to work with the Child Life department. Brea provides comfort, support and serves as a friendly distraction for children during procedures and throughout their hospitalization.
A Child Life specialist made an impact for Maggie Teichmann’s family when her brother was in the hospital when they were children. It inspired her to pursue her own career as a Child Life specialist. She talks about what it means to her to be able to help patients and families, and how COVID-19 has changed the way the team approaches their work.
Child Life specialist Rayna Emerson offers tips for parents on talking to children about COVID-19 testing in an age-appropriate way.
When a young cancer patient needed something more than medical care, a Child Life specialist stepped in to make a difference for him.