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Child Life Services

Child Life

At Children’s National, our Child Life Specialists help create a positive experience for families during their child’s outpatient visit or hospital stay. Our team is specialty trained and certified to help children, adolescents and families understand and cope with illness, treatment and hospitalization.

What Child Life Specialists Offer

Child Life Specialists provide psychological preparation for medical procedures, as well as emotional support before, during and after treatment. Child Life Specialists also provide developmentally appropriate activities and therapeutic play experiences to minimize stress and anxiety. Child Life Services is responsible for the management of play spaces, unit playrooms and teen rooms. In addition, our team provides games, toys and small electronics and also helps celebrate important milestones such as patient birthdays, end of treatment and discharges.

Watch our video on Child Life Services to better understand how we serve our patients and families. We also encourage you to read about the programs and services, annual events and training programs that our Child Life Specialists provide to patients, families and staff:

Contact Us

For more information about Child Life Services, contact us at 202-476-3070. The team is available Monday-Saturday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., but you can reach an in-house specialist until 10 p.m. for urgent needs.

How Child Life Specialists Help Patients at Children's National

Child Life Specialists Ease Anxiety

Watch how child life specialists help ease the anxiety of patients and their families at Children's National.

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