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Child Life and Expressive Therapies

Supporting Your Child During Care

Our Child Life & Expressive Therapies team gives your child security, comfort, acceptance and affection using evidence-based practices like therapeutic play and music and art therapies.

Care Beyond Treatment

We believe the best way to help a child get through their worst days is by having fun. In partnership with doctors and nurses, we make your child's medical experience easier. Our goals are to help your child by:

  • Minimizing stress and anxiety related to their care.
  • Enhancing understanding of procedures.
  • Providing age-appropriate, safe play environments.
  • Enhancing growth in their stage of development and within your family and culture.
  • Supporting and helping you participate in your child's health care.
  • Helping your family maintain everyday routines.

Learn about the variety of services we offer to meet your child’s emotional and psychological needs.

Smiles brought to you by Child Life

Our board-certified Child Life Specialists are here for you and your child to prepare your child for their treatment or illness to reduce fear, anxiety and pain.

See some of the ways our Child Life specialists keep childhood in treatment to create a positive experience during their hospital visit.

Internships & Practicum Opportunities

We offer education opportunities for college students interested in a Child Life & Expressive Therapies profession, including accredited Child Life internships and practicum opportunities.

Giving: How You Can Help Child Life

Help brighten the day of a child with a donation. Gifts help us purchase medical teaching dolls, MRI/CT models, distraction items and toys.

Child Life Giving Opportunities