Child Life Specialists


What is a Child Life Specialists?

Certified Child Life Specialists are educated and clinically trained in the developmental impact of illness and injury. Their role helps improve patient and family care, satisfaction, and overall experience. In both healthcare and community settings, Certified Child Life Specialists help infants, children, youth and families cope with the stress and uncertainty of acute and chronic illness, injury, trauma, disability, loss and bereavement. They provide evidence-based, developmentally and psychologically-appropriate interventions including therapeutic play, preparation for procedures, and education to reduce fear, anxiety, and pain.

Our staff consists of trained professionals who have either a bachelor’s or master’s degree, have completed a Child Life Internship and have successfully completed the Child Life Professional Certification Exam

What is a Child Life Specialist?

UMC Child Life Specialists:

  • Prepare your child for procedures or surgeries using language that children understand
  • Provide support and distraction during medical procedures
  • Introduce coping strategies to help reduce anxiety and enhance cooperation
  • Help your child understand their diagnosis and treatment
  • Offer legacy building (keepsakes and memories) and grief support
  • Provide information, education and support for caregivers, siblings and other family members
  • Offer opportunities for play, socialization and expressive activities

Our team has 5 Certified Child Life Specialists providing services to:

    • Pediatrics
    • Pediatric Intensive Care Unit
    • Pediatric Sedation Program
    • Outpatient Surgery & Day Surgery
    • Burn Unit
    • Endoscopy
    • Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Clinic
    • Consults for children of adult patients undergoing care at UMC
    Our team has 5 Certified Child Life Specialists providing services to:

    Contact Information

    For more information about the Child Life Department at UMC Children’s Hospital, please call 806.775.8836. If you are interested in learning more about the Child Life profession, please visit

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