Welcome to the Child Life Program!
The Child Life Program is a part of the Division of Nursing at Boston Medical Center. The vision of the nursing department is to provide an individualized caring relationship between patient and practitioner based upon a comprehensive plan of care supported by evidence-based decision-making, research, critical thinking and collaboration. We will achieve patient satisfaction through the preservation of dignity, privacy and respect. We will provide our patients with an exceptional care experience without exception.
The Child Life Program at Boston Medical Center helps children and families manage the stresses associated with hospitalization and illness. Each child life specialist has a unique role as the member of the health care team who focuses on children's individual developmental and emotional needs.
The Child Life Team is composed of professionals with a background in human development that are trained to help children and families understand the hospital experience and related feelings. Whether a child is going to a doctor's appointment, having surgery, staying overnight in the hospital or being seen in the Pediatric Emergency Department, a child life specialist provides emotional support to the pediatric patient and his/her family
At Boston Medical Center, Child Life Services can be found in the following areas:
Pediatric Inpatient Unit
Pediatric Intensive Care Unit
Pediatric Emergency Department
The Otolaryngology Clinic
The Operating Room
The Pediatric Sedation Team
On Call to other areas as needed
The Child Life Program at
Boston Medical Center helps
children and families manage
the stresses associated with
hospitalization and illness.
Goals of the Child Life Team
- To help children express their feelings in a safe and supportive environment.
- To interact with children in a developmentally and culturally sensitive manner.
- To help children manage pain effectively.
- To provide support for children and families in order to maintain family closeness.
- To offer children choices that increase feelings of independence, self esteem and trust.
adolescents and their children.