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Children face many new and often stressful experiences during their outpatient treatment or hospital stay. Child Life specialists use pictures, books, puppets / dolls and realistic medical equipment to help prepare children in age-appropriate ways. We provide emotional support and teach techniques to help your child cope and relax.
The Child Life School Program gives patients the opportunity to complete assignments and stay connected with school during their hospital stay. Instruction takes place in our location A7 schoolroom or at bedside, when needed. With parental permission, we can speak to your child’s school about assignments.
Arrangements for attending school can be made by calling the hospital school at 513-803-1027 or by contacting your child's nurse or Child Life Specialist.
Child Life specialists can connect you with a variety of reading materials to help you learn about your child’s diagnosis, hospitalization and coping strategies.
Children are usually less anxious when they know what to expect before surgery. Our pre-operative tour offers children age 3 years and older the opportunity to see what it will be like on the day of surgery. They will learn about medical equipment, anesthesia and what it is like to fall asleep for the operation. We also offer tours that are specifically designed for teenagers and parents of children who are not age appropriate for the regular tour.
Our tours take place at the campus where your child's surgery is scheduled. Find more information on how to arrange for a preoperative tour .
Find helpful suggestions on preparing for your visit to Cincinnati Children’s.
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