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Child Life

The Child Life program provides preparation and support for pediatric medical procedures, surgery and your general hospital stay.

Child Life Child Life Services include:

  • Five certified Child Life Specialists serving patients in Pediatrics, Pediatric ICU, Pediatric ER, Surgery, Radiology, Endoscopy and the St. Jude Clinic at Huntsville Hospital for Women & Children
  • Weekly pre-surgery tours
    (call 256-265-7969)
  • Three age-appropriate activity rooms for patients' use
  • Visits by therapy dogs
  • Community outreach

Child Life Specialists:

  • Work to minimize fears and stress experienced by children, adolescents and families regarding healthcare experiences
  • Support the patient's emotional, social and cognitive growth in the context of his/her family, culture and developmental stage
  • Implement a wide range of recreational events and activities
  • Support patients and families to continue everyday living experiences as much as possible
  • Strive to enhance the patient's understanding of medical procedures and diagnoses using age-appropriate techniques
  • Provide age-appropriate, safe, play environments

Did You Know?
Child Life Specialists are prepared at the bachelors and masters levels in child life, child development and other related fields. Professional certification is available to qualified candidates through the Child Life Certifying Committee. Someone who passes the Child Life Professional Certification Examination is a Certified Child Life Specialist (CCLS). For more information, contact the Child Life Council - www.childlife.org.

Practicum and Internship Opportunities
If you are interested in a Child Life Practicum or Internship, you may download the applications here: