Child Life Programs
The Child Life program at American Family Children's Hospital is made up of trained professionals with backgrounds in child development.
Certified Child Life Specialists help children, adolescents, and families cope with the fear and anxiety associated with the medical environment and hospitalization. The goal of the Child Life program is to promote positive experiences for children and families throughout hospitalization.
Child Life Uses Play To
- Create a child-friendly environment
- Prepare and support during procedures or surgeries
- Promote family and sibling involvement
- Provide medical play and teaching
- Meet emotional and social needs
- Help children understand their medical experience
- Encourage play and normal development
Child Life Specialists obtain the following qualifications
- A bachelor’s or master’s degree
- Completion of a clinical internship
- National Child Life Professional Certification
To learn more about Child Life please visit the Association of Child Life Professional website.
Can children of adult patients access Child Life services?
Because child life specialists must be available to Children's Hospital patients and families, child life staff can refer hospital staff to resources, such as the AFCH website including the child life department page and Kids Health. Nursing, social work, pastoral care, psychology, physicians who identify a child of an adult patient that is having difficulty dealing with the illness, treatment or death of a parent can utilize these resources and refer families as well.
Can children of adult patients use the play room or other games/toys provided to pediatric patients?
No, this room is reserved for the use of AFCH patients and their families.
How can outside individuals and groups help out at American Family Children’s Hospital?
Please refer to the AFCH website “Get Involved” page.
What is the best way to contact Child Life?
The best way to contact Child Life for immediate nees is by pager. Call (608) 265-7000, and enter pager 4769. For non-immediate needs place call Cathy Meier at (608) 890-7888.
What types of items are accepted as donations to American Family Children's Hospital?
All donated items must be new. American Family Children's Hospital does not accept used items as donations. Please refer to the AFCH website "In-kind Donation" page.
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