Child Life SpecialistCertified Child Life Specialists

At CHRISTUS Health, certified child life specialists help children and families facing medical experiences and grief reduce fear, anxiety, and pain by providing developmentally appropriate therapeutic play, preparation and education. We understand that children of all ages may face stressful and potentially traumatic events that can prevent their natural ability to cope and heal. Situations related to hospitalization and healthcare can cause feelings of fear, confusion, loss of control, and isolation. These feelings can reduce a child’s natural development and cause negative effects on their physical and emotional health.

Our Child Life Program Includes

  • Support and education for siblings of a newborn hospitalized in the NICU.
  • Preparation for medical procedures or treatment.
  • Coping strategies to help reduce anxiety and enhance cooperation with the healthcare team.
  • Support and distraction during medical procedures.