Child Life Fund

Child life services offer a range of benefits, including:
  • Emotional, psychological and social support
  • Easing the transition from the hospital to home or school
  • Educating patients and their families about procedures, surgeries and hospital routines in an honest and non-threatening way
  • Evaluating each child’s developmental stage and identifying age appropriate activities -- from newborns to adolescents               
  • Helping patients and families communicate with hospital staff
  • Interpreting the hospital experience in an age-appropriate way
  • Providing children and their families with coping strategies to use during scary and painful procedures                                                                 
  • Providing opportunities for play, socializing crafts and normal activities
  • Using medical play, teaching dolls and pictures to help children understand what is happening

Child Life Specialists provide their skills to pediatric patients in the General Pediatrics Unit, Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU), Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU), Emergency Department, Radiology, and Surgery.

The Child Life Fund supports multiple programs and activities for patients and families provided by Child Life Staff.

In 2013, money from this fund supported the Bronson Children's Hospital Journey Beads program by purchasing supplies, such as glass, to launch the program in July 2013. Another item purchased through donations to this fund in 2013 were My Hospital Scrapbooks. These scrapbooks were developed to improve a child's understanding of an emotional life event and provide a memoir of what is hoped to be a more positive experience. This unique book combines creative medical activities, thought provoking discussions, and educational medical tidbits. The content was developed to help the parent/child interact regarding the emotional process of the hospital experience while educating the family with medical terminology they will encounter during their stay. The scrapbook allows the child a place to document memories of the experience in a creative format of a personalized 40 page book. It incorporates a customized back pocket for collecting the get well cards, noted, and letters from family and friends. The scrapbooks are used in Bronson's Pediatric Unit, Emergency Department, and the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU).


 



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