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Child Life and Integrative Care Services

While it's important to treat a patient's illness, it is also important to care for a patient's psychological and emotional state. Children especially enjoy exciting, stimulating activities to feed their growing minds. We offer creative services from clown care to animal-assisted therapy to support young patients as we help them to grow up stronger.

Two women sitting with a child and two dogs

Animal Visitation and Therapy

Children tend to gravitate to animals, which is why animal-assisted therapy is used to include animals in the goal of improving health and wellness.

Bunny Mellon Healing Garden

Bunny Mellon Healing Garden

Kids being treated at Children's National have a way to enjoy fresh air, the outdoors and inspiring views of the nation's capital at our Healing Garden.
Child Life

Child Life Services

Child Life Specialists at Children's National Hospital are trained and certified to help children, adolescents and families with psychological and emotional support during outpatient and inpatient visits.

Our clown care team in action

Clown Care

The Clown Care team performs a parody of medical rounds for our patients, with laughter as the goal and humor as the chief treatment.

hospital artwork

Creative and Therapeutic Arts Services

Creative and Therapeutic Arts Services help children transcend the hospital experience by bringing the cultural arts, arts education and animal visitation to patients at their bedside and in the Costco Wholesale Atrium.

Disney delivering joy when it's needed most

Disney Concepts and Experiences

Disney works with children’s hospitals and pediatric places of care around the world, creating distinctly Disney experiences that deliver moments of joy when they’re needed most. See how this initiative comes to life at Children's National Hospital.

boy in wheelchair in front of bookshelf

Family Resource Center

The Family Resource Center at Children's National Hospital offers a range of support services for families and staff including providing books and magazines for children and adults, as well as computers for Internet access.

Seacrest Studios

Seacrest Studios

Children’s National offers a broadcast studio for children, donated by the Ryan Seacrest Foundation.

children volunteering to drop off packages

Volunteer Services

Volunteers at Children’s National Hospital serve in a variety of ways to assist patients and family members during their hospital visit. Learn more.