Child Life Program

Child life specialists at the Stollery Children’s Hospital strive to promote a positive hospital experience for children, youth, and families. A clinic appointment, medical procedure, or hospital stay can be a stressful and traumatic experience for patients and families.

Our programs help to minimize the stress and anxiety for children and their families caused by illness and hospitalization. Our staff provide pediatric patients with age-appropriate preparation for medical procedures, pain management and coping strategies, and play and self-expression activities, while also providing information, support, and guidance to parents, siblings, and other family members.