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Child Life Specialists

At Parkview Health, we understand that a trip to the hospital can be scary or intimidating for children. It is our goal to ease anxiety, reduce fear and pain while your child is here no matter the length of stay. Our certified child life specialists play an important role in your child’s care team at Parkview by helping children and their families cope while in the emergency room, general pediatric unit or the pediatric intensive care unit. Child life specialists use health education, therapeutic play, developmental activities, and emotional support to help minimize the stress and anxiety that can occur from having to visit the hospital.

What is a child life specialist?

A child life specialist is a trained and certified professional who works with you and your child when your child is in the hospital to deal with stress and anxiety surrounding hospitalization.

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Donate and support child life specialists

You can help the child life team meet the unique needs of the children they care for. View our specialists' wish list of items they need to support patients and their families daily throughout the hospital

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