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Child Life Services at NYU Winthrop Hospital

Child Life Services at NYU Winthrop Hospital provides a comprehensive range of support services for hospitalized children and their families. By providing a safe venue and a variety of tools for children to express their frustrations, fears and emotions, we help provide support during this difficult time.

Our techniques are focused on:

  • Coping strategies
  • Providing choices for children to enhance their sense of control
  • Procedural support
  • Distraction and guided imagery
  • Non-pharmacological pain management
  • Comfort items
  • Positioning for comfort

Along with offering support for children who are hospitalized, Child Life Services also provides a variety of other programs including:

Bereavement Support

During the most difficult times, our child life specialists provide emotional support to the entire family unit.

Sibling Classes

Education for siblings who are expecting a new baby brother or sister. This class is offered two times per month and requires pre-registration through NYU Winthrop’s welcome center (link?).

Support Groups

Offered through our out-patient hematology/oncology Cancer Center for Kids, these groups offered through Child Life Services help facilitate a sense of normalcy for patients and their families.

Additional Services

Child Life Services also provides many other fun and educational programs including:

  • Magician visits
  • Education services
  • Horticultural therapy
  • Art therapy
  • Clown visits
  • Special visits (professional athletes and more)
  • Holiday visitors
  • Local volunteer groups
  • Astronomy programs
  • Birthday celebrations
  • Culturally diverse holiday celebrations
  • Character visits
  • Coffee clutches for parents
  • Community fairs to educate local children on hospital safety and medical play
  • In-services for all new employees and trainees

Areas Served by Child Life

General Pediatric floor and Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) – Monday-Friday, 8am-7pm, Saturday & Sunday 8am–4pm

Cancer Center for Kids – Monday-Friday, 8:30am-4:30pm

Pediatric Specialty Center – Wednesday-Friday, 8:30am-4:30pm

Emergency Room – Monday 3pm-11pm, Tuesday & Wednesday 11am-11pm, Thursday & Friday 9am-11pm, Saturday 10am-6pm, what about Sunday?

Child Life Services is also on call for: Endoscopy Suite, ASU, adult floors, NICU, Nuclear medicine, and Dialysis