Child Life Specialist

A Child Life Specialist works with children and their families to help reduce any stress and anxiety associated with the illness or hospitalization.

At UMC, the Child Life Specialists:

  • Provide children with opportunities to learn and grow through play. Children can play in their room or the playroom with toys and art activities.
  • Help children prepare for and understand medical procedures and experiences through the use of dolls, medical equipment, books, and play.
  • Decrease stress and anxiety by assisting children with positive coping strategies
  • Provide support and educational materials to families
  • Offer special events, visitors, and volunteers to play with

Child life Specialists have a bachelors or master's degree and certification through the Child Life Council.

  • Contact Information: 806.775.8836

The Child Life Department is available to assist you Monday through Friday, from 9AM to 5PM. Please contact us if you would like to schedule a pre-operative or pre-admission tour or have questions about how to help your child cope with the hospital experience.

Child Life Specialists
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