Location: Alberta Children's Hospital
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
This service supports children and families by:
Alberta Children's Hospital
Lifts accessible onsite
Monday7:30 am - 8:00 pm
Tuesday7:30 am - 8:00 pm
Wednesday7:30 am - 8:00 pm
Thursday7:30 am - 8:00 pm
Friday7:30 am - 8:00 pm
Saturday9:00 am - 3:00 pm
All children and their families recieving care at Alberta Children's Hospital can request assistance from a Child Life Specialist.
Healthcare provider must refer child.
Healthcare providers should consult the Alberta Referral Directory for service referral information.
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.
An estimated wait time will be provided at the time of appointment booking.