A hospital stay can be an overwhelming experience for an adult, let alone a child. That’s why our Banner Children’s child life specialists are here to provide comfort and ease to our young patients. Child life specialists are specially trained to work with children in medical settings and are part of the care team at Cardon Children’s Medical Center, Diamond Children’s Medical Center and Banner Thunderbird Medical Center.
The short answer is “a lot.” In addition to promoting family-centered care, our child life specialists provide emotional and educational support to help children feel more comfortable while they are in the hospital. They also help with:
The Banner Children's Hospital School program helps with that and brings the classroom to the hospital. Our staff of experienced teachers offers on-site classroom or bedside teaching to help kids keep up with their studies while they are in the hospital.
What is one of the best medicines for a child in the hospital? A visit to the toy closet! At Banner Children’s, we are dedicated to making sure every child who has a visit to the hospital received the most compassionate care possible. That’s why we let kids choose a toy from the closet as a reward for their bravery after they go through a treatment or procedure at one of our pediatric hospital locations!
Banner Thunderbird is part of the Phoenix Area Collaborative Internship (PAC-5). Internships are offered annually Spring and Fall. Please see Arizona Child Life website for more information and application. If you have any further questions, please call (602) 865-4645.
Banner Thunderbird offers a Child Life Practicum. Practicum student positions are offered annually in the summer. Please see Arizona Child Life website for more information and application. If you have any further questions, please call (602) 865-2526.