Child Life Services at a Glance
At Cincinnati Children’s we want to ensure every visit is as safe, convenient, and comfortable as possible. That means providing an exceptional level of care that reaches far beyond our medical expertise - promoting play, education, developmental progress, coping skills and psychosocial support.
Whether it is a trip to the Emergency Department, a short follow-up appointment or an inpatient stay, a visit to the hospital can be a scary and overwhelming experience – for patients, siblings and for their families.
The Child Life Program, which is part of the Child Life and Integrative Care Division, works with patients of all ages in different medical settings to help support emotional safety and normalize the process of receiving medical care.
Child Life Specialists are certified and have significant clinical expertise in the developmental impact of illness and injury. This helps improve patient and family care, satisfaction, and healthcare experiences. In addition, Clinical Assistants provide important opportunities for play-based activities that promote coping and normalization.