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Programs & Services


Child Life Services

Provide psychosocial, developmental and educational support to children and families regarding illness and hospitalization.

This service supports children and families by:

  • teaching children and families about what to expect with medical procedures, surgeries, illness and hospitalization
  • helping children build coping strategies for stressful procedures such as IV starts, bloodwork and MRI through education and medical play
  • providing therapeutic interventions such as distraction, relaxation breathing, positions of comfort as part of child's coping plan
  • coordinating safe play spaces such as unit playrooms, art studio, outdoor sports field
  • providing developmental and therapeutic play interventions
  • facilitating group programs and special events
  • providing recreation and leisure education through recreational therapy programs
  • offering therapeutic/expressive arts interventions through music therapy and art therapy

Contact Details

Alberta Children's Hospital

Address
28 Oki Drive NW
Calgary, Alberta
T3B 6A8
Telephone
403-955-2593
Accessibility

Main entrance

Lifts accessible onsite

Getting There

Parking map

Hours of Operation
Days of the Week

Monday
7:30 am - 8:00 pm

Tuesday
7:30 am - 8:00 pm

Wednesday
7:30 am - 8:00 pm

Thursday
7:30 am - 8:00 pm

Friday
7:30 am - 8:00 pm

Saturday
9:00 am - 3:00 pm

Access
Service Providers May Include
art therapists, child life specialists, music therapists, recreational therapists
Referral Needed

Healthcare provider must refer child.

Service Access

For more information or assistance from a Child Life Specialist for your hospitalized child or teen, please ask someone in the the program area your child is admitted to.