Johns Hopkins All Children's Hospital

Child Life

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.

Patient and Family Support

Patient and Family Support

Our team provides helpful resources to help both inpatients and outpatients feel more comfortable and prepared during their hospital experience.

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Programs and Services

Programs and Services

Our specially trained child life specialists provide many services to help patients and families understand and cope with hospitalization.

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Clinical Education Experience

Clinical Education Experiences

The child life clinical internship program is designed for both undergraduate students at the end of their academic program and graduate students.

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Volunteer with Us

Volunteer with Us

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.

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We know that you want the best possible care for your child. Our team is happy to provide education, coping support and play opportunities.

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 We're ready to work with you to explain your options and discuss ways to support your child's physical and emotional needs.

Read inspiring stories about our child life bringing joy to families:

Routine Check-up Turned Birthday Surprise

Hospital stays, hurricanes and chemotherapy won't keep this birthday girl from celebrating.

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A Dad Distraction

While her baby sister and mom are in the NICU, Zoey, 3, takes a break from big sister duties with her dad in RJ’s Activity Center.

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Amazing Gracie

When 4-year-old Gracie’s fleeting neck pain made for a difficult diagnosis, her pediatrician referred her to Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital where she was diagnosed with a brain tumor. Under the expert care of surgeons George Jallo, M.D., and Jerry Tuite, M.D., Gracie is now on her journey to recovery.

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All Kids Wonderland Delivers for Patients’ Parents

Donations of toys and other items collected throughout the year help bring the joy of the holiday season to patients and families at Johns Hopkins All Children’s.

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The Taste of Success

A hospital stay always is better with a little home cookin’.

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