The mission of the Child Life and Creative Therapies Department is to provide quality therapeutic, supportive and educational interventions to help children and families master the hospital experience. The department focuses on evidence-based practice and research to provide the best care to the patients and families. The child life specialists and music and recreation therapists help patients understand the hospital experience through education, preparation, alternative pain management support, play, creative expression and peer interaction. The goal is to make the medical experience a positive one. With patient-and family-centered care as the focus, the specialists work together to treat the child and family the best way possible.
The specialists and therapists use play, recreation and music to provide opportunities for the patients that encourage coping skills, growth and development, socialization and expression of feelings. The hospital also has play and teen rooms that provide developmentally appropriate and engaging activities throughout the day. Monthly scheduled events such as Zoo Mobile, Bug Mobile, Bingo/Funny Bones and a variety of other activities offer patients and families the opportunity to get out of their room and be a kid. The playroom is a medical and procedure free "safe zone” where patients are encouraged to make their own choices.
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The playroom offers a welcoming environment where hospitalized children of all ages, as well as their family members, can gather to play with toys, participate in board games, video games or arts and crafts. It allows patients the opportunity to get out of their room and be a kid. The playroom is a medical and procedure-free “safe zone” where patients are encouraged to make their own choices.
The Teen Room is a place for hospitalized teenagers to “hang out” and be with their teenage siblings and friends, ages 13 to 21. This room is specifically designed to meet the needs of teen and young adult patients. The teen room is outfitted with music, movies, video game systems, computers, and a variety of interesting arts and crafts.
Pet Therapy is offered on Monday evenings and is coordinated through the Child Life and Creative Therapies Department.