Kohl's Child Life Program - Therapeutic Play
Play is a means of communication for children. Child Life specialists use play to help reduce stress, allow children to express their feelings and to help them adjust to the hospital experience. Child Life specialists offer programs for teens whose needs and communication skills are different than young children.
Child Life specialists work one-on-one with children and often use role-playing to identify fears and concerns. With this method, children act out experiences they have had in the hospital and Child Life specialists address any fears communicated during play.
Children's Hospital has several playrooms which are filled with games, books, toys and art supplies. All the playrooms are considered "safe" rooms where no medical procedures can be performed. Child Life specialists coordinate the activities of trained volunteers who supervise patient play activities in the play rooms and at the beside.
Group activities include bingo and periodic planned visits from clowns or other entertainers. Child Life specialists also plan events such as teddy bear clinics, story hours, theme parties, movie nights and visits by magicians and other guests. Learn more here about bringing your group to the hospital.