Because physical and mental activities are an essential part of the healing process, child life specialists at St. Christopher's Hospital for Children work at the bedside and in playrooms to help patients have positive experiences during their hospital stays. They have a strong child development background which they use to promote effective coping through play, preparation, education and self-expression activities. The specialists provide emotional support for families and encourage optimum development of children facing a broad range of challenging experiences, particularly those related to healthcare and hospitalization.
In addition to creative and therapeutic activities for inpatient children, child life specialists actively help patients and families prepare for surgery and procedures. Specialists are available to meet with families of both medical and surgical patients, conduct hospital tours, and explain the upcoming procedures using dolls and terms children can understand.
The Hospital School Program consists of licensed teachers who work with a child's school to coordinate the ongoing education of long-term patients, including the tutoring and schoolwork. This service is available to eligible patients facing long-term hospitalizations or repeated absences from school because of treatments or illnesses.
The department is also responsible for managing the holiday activities for patients, as well as arranging hospital visits from outside groups and individuals to provide activities or entertainment to patients. Please contact the Child Life Department at the phone number below for information regarding group visits.
Volunteers assist the Child Life team with bedside visits and playroom activities.
For more information, contact the Child Life Department at (215) 427-5321. For more information about the child life profession, please visit the Child Life Council website.
Applications will be accepted by mail at:
Child Life Practicum Program Application
The Child Life department has put together an online Wish List for the patients and families at St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children. If you’re interested in purchasing items to benefit patients and families at St. Christopher’s please visit the following link: Child Life Wish List
The Child Life Department is looking for St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children employees to volunteer to pack and sort boxes of toys for our pediatric patients. This volunteer opportunity is for employees of St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children and St. Christopher’s Pediatric Associates only. Click here to sign-up for a volunteer shift.
*Please note that St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children is not a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt charitable organization. As such, although all contributions are greatly appreciated, the value of such contributions made to our facility is not tax-deductible as a charitable donation.
For more information, please contact the Child Life Program at (215) 427-5321.