What is a child life specialist?
According to the Child Life Council, child life specialists are child development experts who work to ensure that life remains as normal as possible for children in health care settings and other challenging environments. They promote effective coping through play, self-expression activities, and age-appropriate medical preparation and education. As advocates of family-centered care, child life specialists work in partnership with doctors, nurses, social workers and others to meet the unique emotional, developmental and cultural needs of each child and family.
Our goal at El Paso Children’s Hospital is to make hospitalization a positive and less stressful experience-so children can be children. Our hospital features an innovative floor plan that includes a playroom on each floor.
The Child Life Services focuses on the psychosocial, emotional, and developmental needs of children and the impact that illness, injury, and hospitalization can have on patients and families.
If you know your child will need special support while in the hospital, or if you are trying to find the best way to explain to your child or his/her siblings why your child is in the hospital, we can help.
We have many suggestions for how to make your child’s hospitalization more comfortable for them, and less stressful for you. Patients and their families are our number one priority.