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Child Life Therapy

Kids need to be kids. When children are hospitalized it is important for them to continue to play, laugh, learn and do all the things they love. Our Child Life Program provides a compassionate and comprehensive approach to meeting the emotional, social and developmental needs of children and teens.

As trained professionals who work with children in medical settings, each of our specialists holds a bachelor's or master's degree in the area of child life, child development or related fields. Many Child Life Specialists are also professionally certified and affiliated with the national Child Life Council.

Our Child Life Specialists are an integral part of our comprehensive family-centered care team — helping kids be kids even when they're healing.

What we offer

We believe children have the right to participate in play regardless of their medical circumstances and we're here to help make that happen. We provide the following support to children and their families:

  • Help patients develop ways to cope with fear, anxiety and separation
  • Provide individual support before, during and after medical procedures
  • Facilitate medical play in individual and group settings
  • Provide consultation to the health care team regarding developmental and psychosocial issues
  • Provide grief and loss support to pediatric patients and their families
  • Pre-operative tours and specific medical play for surgical patients and their families
  • Support to siblings who have a brother or sister in Randall Children's Hospital
  • Group activities for patients and families
  • Individualized activities for patients on bed rest or confined to their room
  • Honor special occasions in patients' lives including holidays, birthdays and end-of-treatment parties
  • Education to staff and families regarding Child Life, child development and how best to help children and teens during their hospital stay

 Our Child Life Specialists serve children and families in the:

  • Inpatient Pediatric Rehabilitation Program
  • Inpatient Pediatric Units
  • Legacy Oregon Burn Center
  • Neonatal Intensive Care Unit
  • Pediatric Intensive Care Unit

In addition, we provide consultations to:

  • All Legacy facilities where children (0-18 years) are patients
  • Children's Emergency Department
  • Pediatric Outpatient Clinics

 To contact Child Life Services please call 503-413-2740.