Hospital and medical experiences can be upsetting for children and may interfere with normal childhood activities. The purpose of the child life program is to encourage emotional well-being and normal development in healthcare settings through the use of play, education and support. MUSC Children's Hospital provides child life specialists on all inpatient units, in ambulatory clinics, pediatric perioperative areas and the pediatric emergency department.
The child life staff have specialized training and experience in understanding children's reactions to illness and hospitalization. Our team is staffed by professionals who hold degrees in child life, child development, education and related fields. As part of the MUSC Children's Hospital team, the staff utilize their skills to support and promote the developmental progress and emotional well-being of children.
- To facilitate play opportunities, at the bedside and in playrooms, which enhance continued growth and development.
- To create a sense of normalcy by helping children maintain independence, self-esteem and control.
- To minimize stress by encouraging positive coping behaviors.
- To help children prepare for and understand medical procedures and experiences.
For more information on Child Life Services at MUSC Children's Hospital, please call 843-792-8805.