Surgery 101 - Hospital Visit

Child Life Program, Alberta Children's Hospital

Our Surgery 101 program helps to minimize the stress and anxiety for children coming to the Alberta Children’s Hospital for surgery.  A Child Life Specialist will work with your child to prepare them for surgery through play and self-expression activities, while also providing information, support and guidance to families.

During this program your child will:

  • Learn about what to expect on surgery day
  • Try out all kinds of medical equipment including an anesthesia mask, blood pressure cuff, pulse  oximeter and stethoscope
  • Learn about anesthesia
  • Learn coping strategies to help relax
  • Tour the surgical areas at the Alberta Children’s Hospital

Surgery 101 is offered on Tuesdays at 11:00 am at the Alberta Children’s Hospital.

If you feel that your child would benefit from Surgery 101, register by emailing (we recommend attending within 1-2 weeks of your child’s surgery date)