Banner Children's Services  

Child Life Specialists

child as a doctor  

A hospital stay can be an overwhelming experience for an adult, let alone a child. The Child Life Specialists with Banner Children's are there to provide comfort and ease to our young patients.

Our team of specialists provide the following services:

  • Medical Preparation: Helping young patients understand what will happen during their time at the hospital. 
  • Support During Procedures: Child life specialists can provide coping and breathing techniques and provide emotional support.
  • Surgical Care: Pre-surgery tours help children and families  become familiar with the hospital before admission.
  • Medical Play: Children become comfortable by using real or pretend medical equipment and supplies to express their feelings.  
  • Therapeutic Play: Can help decrease pain, meet treatment goals, teach new skills and shorten recovery time.
  • Support for siblings: Help other young family members understand what is happening and how to work through their feelings.

Compliments of Raising Arizona Kids (RAK) Magazine.
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