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To improve the lives of children through excellence in clinical care, education and research and to be a leader in providing the highest quality children’s health services in a family-centered environment.
The Child Life Program at Maimonides Infants and Children’s Hospital helps reduce the stress of illness, treatment and hospitalization for the family. The Child Life Program provides therapeutic, educational, and recreational activities to meet the unique emotional and developmental needs of hospitalized children and their families. Our Child Life Specialists and Creative Arts Therapy staff are trained in child development and working therapeutically to promote effective coping through play, preparation, education, and self-expression activities.
The role of a Child Life volunteer is to provide supplemental service to the staff and to fill the multiple needs of the child and family while in the hospital. Child Life volunteers are prepared to function independently providing play, recreational, and supportive activities to children and their families on the Pediatric unit they are trained to. These activities assist in making patients feel safe and comfortable. Volunteers serve in the playroom as well as at the bedside when requested.
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