Working at your child’s bedside or by their side in the playroom, the Child Life Specialist at Fountain Valley Regional Hospital and Medical Center is there to create positive experiences during their hospital stay and provide emotional support.
It’s all a part of the Child Life Program the hospital created to help the entire family.
Child Life Specialist
Each child is assigned a Child Life Specialist, who has a background in child development . The specialist provides emotional support for families and encourages optimum development of children facing a broad range of challenging experiences, especially those related to their healthcare issues and hospital stay.
What a Child Life Specialist provides
Physical and mental activities are a big part of the healing process. The Child Life Specialist can help your child learn effective coping through play, preparation, education and self-expression activities.
In addition to creative and therapeutic activities for inpatient children, the Child Life Specialist actively helps children and their families prepare for surgery and procedures. Specialists are available to meet with families of both medical and surgical patients, conduct hospital tours, and explain the upcoming procedures using dolls and terms children can understand.
The Child Life Specialist, along with long-time charity and volunteer affiliate Joni’s Angels, coordinates holiday activities for patients. Halloween Trick or Treat, gift donations, end of year festivities, special movie screenings are just some of the events children can enjoy during their stay at Fountain Valley.
What can Child Life offer your family?
Pre-operative teaching and tours
Family and sibling teaching and support
Diversional support during procedures
Teaching about new diagnoses
Age-appropriate toys and activities in the playrooms
Bedside and playroom activities with volunteers
School liaison support
For more information about the Child Life Program, call (855) 226-3744.
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