Child Life Program

Child Life Specialists work to make every child's hospital stay
or visit to an outpatient clinic a positive experience.


The Child Life Program of the Parent-Child Center was founded through funding provided by the Nicklaus Children's Health Care Foundation, which began in 2005 and continues today to support therapeutic interventions for children with chronic and acute conditions during hospitalization.

Child Life Specialists are experts in child development who promote effective coping through medical play, diversional therapy, and self-expression activities. Behavioral Medicine Therapists provide psychosocial support for children and their families faced with trauma, severe illness, or end-of-life issues.

Services provided through the Child Life Program are free of charge and include counseling, family therapy, crisis intervention, support groups, presurgery hospital orientation, and medical procedural support. Child Life services are also provided to children attending outpatient specialty clinics for disorders and diseases such as cystic fibrosis, diabetes, cleft palate, and sickle cell.