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Child, Adolescent, and Young Adult Life Program

Child and Adolescent Life Specialists and Assistants are an integral part of a patient's treatment team. We understand the impact that chronic illness, painful procedures and hospital stays can have on infants, children and adolescents. Our job is to reduce the traumatic impact of cancer on patients and families by forming relationships and providing procedural education and support.Child life specialist and patient

Child, Adolescent and Young Adult Life Specialists:

  • Introduce children and adolescents to the hospital environment
  • Accompany patients to medical procedures, including surgery and radiotherapy
  • Supervise activities in the pediatric playrooms and teen hangouts
  • Provide bedside activities
  • Coordinate special events for patients, siblings and parents throughout the year
  • Educate patients on procedures through medical play using medical supplies and life-sized teaching puppets
  • Support patients and families throughout their entire journey

Learn more about Child, Adolescent and Young Adult Life Specialists.

Reasons to call a Child Life Specialist.

If you are interested in meeting one of our Child, Adolescent or Young Adult Life Specialists, please let your nurse know.

Child Life Internships and Practicums

There will be no Child Life Internship offered for Fall 2015. For more information regarding the Child Life Internship and Practicum programs, please contact For those interested in a Spring 2016 Child Life Internship, please review and submit the Child Life Internship Application. Information related to Summer 2016 practicum program will be posted as it is available.

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