How Child Life Improves the Healing Process

By supporting the Child Life program at Golisano Children’s Hospital of Southwest Florida, you can improve the healing process. In turn, you’ll enhance a child’s experience now and for a lifetime to come! Every donation to the Child Life program helps us provide these important services:

  • Pre-admission and pre-surgical tours
  • Age-appropriate activities for babies to teens
  • Preparation for medical tests procedures, and surgeries
  • Educational services and a school re-entry program
  • Special events for fun and learning
  • Play therapy for stress relief

What is Child Life?

For decades Certified Child Life Specialists have helped infants, children, youth, and families with the stress and uncertainty of illness, injury and treatment.

“We are able to make a child and family smile and laugh during one of the most stressful times in their lives,” says Kristin Brown, a Certified Child Life Specialist at Golisano Children’s Hospital.

Being admitted to a hospital can be hard for anyone, but it is especially distressing for children. Professionals like Kristin alleviate this anxiety by helping kids understand and cope during their stay.

Going to School at Golisano Children’s Hospital

For some children, their classroom is a hospital bed, complete with beeping machines, medical tests, treatments and needles. To reduce the stress and fear of being in the hospital and falling behind in school, Golisano Children’s Hospital provides an in-house teacher and Child Life Specialists who help each child achieve their academic goals. The team communicates with the child’s school and parents to make the lessons fun and engaging.

Your Halloween Purchases Can Benefit Child Life!

You can help make health care less scary for children by participating in the annual Spirit of Halloweens annual fundraiser. Simply purchase Halloween costumes and décor at Spirit of Halloween stores or online. They will donate a portion of the proceeds to Golisano Children’s Hospital’s Child Life program. Did we mention you get a discount on your purchase as well?! Additionally Spirit of Halloween brings the celebration – complete with costumes and crafts – to children in the hospital. It’s an amazing experience for the young people in our care!

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The Healing Power of Play

Because play is essential to child development and learning, it is a very necessary tool to use in pediatric health care settings. Through play, our Child Life Specialists help children approach threatening situations. This enables them to process information, thoughts, and feelings. By providing appropriate opportunities for play, Child Life Specialists ensure that life remains as normal as possible for the children in their care. If you believe in the healing power of play, donate today!