Top 10 Reasons to Call a Child Life Specialist
- Child/ Patient needs preparation for invasive procedure.
- Child/Patient is having difficulty coping with a necessary procedure, i.e., crying, fighting or hiding.
- Child/Patient exhibits oppositional behavior, refusing to cooperate without anger or hostility.
- Child/Patient or siblings express specific fears to staff, needing follow up.
- Child/Patient is perceived by staff as withdrawn.
- Child/Patient is having difficulty taking meds.
- Child/Patient admitted having recently experienced traumatic loss or has a chronic illness (developmental delay)
- Child/Patient newly diagnosed with chronic illness.
- Child/Patient admitted for injuries resulting from a traumatic accident, i.e., MVA, fire, etc.
- Child/Patient whose injuries or diagnosis has resulted from suspected child abuse.
The Child Life Program at the Children’s Medical Center at Winthrop University Hospital is a non- refundable program which provides educational, therapeutic and recreational play opportunities to pediatric patients, and their siblings, both at bedside and in our activity centers to promote self-expression. These sessions allow children to explore medical equipment, ask questions, to socialize with their peers and gain a sense of mastery over their personal experience.
For more information about the Child Life Program or to contact a Child Life Specialist please call (516) 663-2761 or e-mail Childlife@winthrop.org.