Child Life is the magic that our patient families need
Hospitalization can have profound effects on a child's self-image and esteem. The Child Life Program at Children’s Hospital helps patient families from across Southwestern Ontario and Northwestern Ontario to effectively cope in so many ways.
Child Life is a holistic program that helps children and their families cope with hospitalization and illness through play, humour and fun. This team of highly trained health care professionals help children:
- Express difficult emotions safely and effectively during their hospital journey
- Learn about the elements of their care in meaningful and age appropriate ways, taking fear out of medical procedures
- Access safe and comforting spaces where kids can just be kids and parents can see their child smile again
- Connect with specialized medical professionals and programs that will alleviate their emotional, psychological and physical suffering.
"We would like to thank Child Life for everything you do for us during our stay. You helped us a lot and went out of your way to make our son's stay extra comfortable and we will never forget that. Thank you for taking the time to talk to our other children about what happened." - Mother of 6 month old patient
Supporting the Child Life Program
Your donations bridge the gap between what government funding supports and what is needed to provide the best care possible for kids across our region. Annually, more than 10,000 patients and their families rely on Child Life to navigate the unimaginable experiences of coping with a critical paediatric illness or injury.