Child Life Specialists Ease Anxiety for Kids in the Hospital


Children's National Health System has a team of Child Life Specialists who work with children staying overnight, visiting our outpatient clinics, coming in for surgery, or making trips to our Emergency Department. 

Child Life Specialists are trained to explain complicated procedures and conditions at a level that children, teens, and parents can easily understand and comprehend. This education helps give families a sense of control that they did not previously have. 

Not only do Child Life Specialists teach coping mechanisms for different procedures, but they also ensure a patient is developmentally on track during their stay at the hospital through fun social activities and help patients express any lingering anxieties about their condition or treatments.


Heather Langlois' Story

Heather Langlois

Social worker Heather Langlois is an advocate for her patients at the Children’s National Heart Institute, where she cares for the psychosocial needs of patients and their families.

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