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HSHS St. Vincent Children’s Hospital Child Life

child life

Child Life is a free service available to all children, teens and young adults at HSHS St. Vincent Hospital. Child Life has specialists who are certified and trained to help children and families cope with health care experiences.

What we do
Using play, education and self-expression, Child Life Specialists promote optimum development. We also provide family and sibling support as well as grief services.

A Child Life Specialist can prepare your child for medical treatments and procedures using age appropriate explanation and medical dolls and equipment to increase the child's understanding of what they will experience.

Distraction and support
A Child Life Specialist will provide distraction and support during your child’s tests and procedures using toys, deep breathing and visualization.

Play opportunities
Child Life provides many different play opportunities to minimize stress and anxiety of being in the hospital setting and help normalize their experience. Some activities include:
  • Bingo – Once a week, we offer bingo to patients on the 10th floor. Each child will have his or her own iTouch and play bingo with other inpatient children. Players all have the chance to win a prize!
  • Coloring contest – The child life program puts on a weekly coloring contest for patients on the floor. The best colored picture wins a prize!
  • Daily bedside activities – To help promote normalization of the hospital setting, the child life team visits each child for 30 minutes Monday through Friday. During this time, your child can paint, play games or choose another activity.
Parent breaks
We understand the stress hospital stays can put on your family. As a result, we offer 30-minute parent breaks Monday through Friday. During this time, a trained volunteer or student comes to visit with your child. This is a great time to take a break!

If you would like to make a donation, please contact the Child Life Department at (920) 433-8915 to schedule an appointment. For infection control and confidentiality reasons, you will not be able to deliver the gifts directly to children in their rooms.

You can also donate using PayPal.

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