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Pediatrics – Child Life Program


Pediatric patients, parents and providers may seek our Child Life Specialists for support during numerous medical experiences.  Examples of child life interventions include:

  • Preparing a child and family for admission, surgery, specific tests or procedures
  • Supporting effective coping and effective pain management during a child's medical procedure(s)
  • Providing information about a new diagnosis tailored to a child's developmental age/level
  • Developing behavior modification programs to encourage success with a new medical regimen
  • Modeling therapeutic strategies for managing chronic illness
  • Offering Psychosocial support for children and families affected by trauma
  • Providing bereavement support for the children of adult patients

Additionally, our Child Life Specialists facilitate a wide variety of external programs and services to benefit patients and families at BMC, including: 

  • Inpatient tutoring referrals and services
  • Early intervention referrals
  • Reach Out and Read Programming
  • The Hospital Outreach Program from Hole in the Wall Gang Camp
  • Pieces of Home - The Backpack Project
  • Boredom Busters
  • Music therapy
  • Donor Coordination
  • Holiday toy donations and distribution 
  • Volunteer Opportunities
  • Internship Opportunities

Contact Us

Call: 617.414.2550

Boston Medical Center
Department of Pediatrics
Child Life Program
Dowling Building
6th Floor, Room 6012
850 Harrison Avenue
Boston, MA 02118

Ashley McLellan, Ambulatory Pediatrics
Phone: 617-414-2576
Pager: 5579
Email: ashley.mclellan@bmc.org

Maura Power, Inpatient Pediatrics/ Intensive Care
Phone: 617-414-4538
Pager: 4536
Email: maura.power@bmc.org

Stephanie Sharp, Pediatric Emergency Department
Phone: 617-414-2599
Pager: 4359
Email: stephanie.sharp@bmc.org 

Learn More

Quick Links

Directions to BMC
BMC Campus Virtual Tour 
BMC MyChart
Pediatrics Home
The Child Life Council
Reach Out and Read
Family Ties of Massachusetts 
Boredom Busters
Starlight Children's Foundation

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BMC Campus Map
What Makes BMC Special