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Winthrop University Hospital

Child Life Services and Support

Areas serviced by child life:

  • General Pediatric floor & Pediatric intensive care unit (PICU)
  • (Monday-Friday 8a-7p & Saturday & Sunday 8a-4p)
  • CCFK (Monday-Friday 8:30a-4:30p)
  • Pediatric Specialty Center (Wednesday-Friday 8:30a-4:30p)
  • ER (Monday 3p-11p, Tuesday & Wednesday 11a-11p Thursday & Friday 9a-11p and Saturday 10a-6p)
  • We are also on call for: Endoscopy suite, ASU, Adult floors, NICU, Nuclear medicine, Dialysis etc.
  • Medical play, preparation and education:

    Child Life utilizes a variety of teaching tools to allow the children a safe venue to express frustrations, fears, and other emotions. These tools allow us to properly assess each individual patient and tailor each intervention accordingly.

    Provide coping/distraction techniques:

    Child Life aims to promote the use of:
    • Coping strategies
    • Choices enhance child�s sense of control
    • Procedural support
    • Distraction and guided imagery
    • Non-pharmacological pain management
    • Comfort items
    • Parental presence
    • EMLA use
    • Positioning for Comfort
  • Bereavement support:

    Throughout the most difficult times, the child life team provides emotional support to the entire family unit.
  • Sibling class:

    This class is geared towards educating siblings on arrival of their new baby brother or sister. This class is offered two times per month and requires pre registration through Winthrop�s Welcome Center.
  • School Re-entry program:

    This program is offered through our Out-patient Hematology/oncology Cancer Center for kids. It is a comprehensive program which incorporates a Child Life Specialist in conjunction with other team members to ease the transition from the hospital back into school.
  • Support Groups:

    We offer a variety of support groups through our Out-patient Hematology/oncology Cancer Center for Kids. These groups help to facilitate a sense of normalcy for patients and their entire family unit.

Other Child Life services offered:

  • Magician Visits
  • Education services
  • Horticultural Therapy
  • Art Therapy
  • Clown visits
  • Special Visitors (professional athletes, etc.)
  • Holiday Visitors
  • Local volunteer groups (arts and crafts activities)
  • Astronomy program
  • Birthday celebrations
  • Culturally diverse holiday celebrations
  • Character Visits
  • Coffee clutches for parents
  • Community Fairs (educate local children on hospital safety and medical play)
  • In-services for all new employees and trainees
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