Every day, child life specialists from CHOC’s Cherese Mari Laulhere Child Life Department work across many areas of CHOC Hospital and CHOC at Mission Hospital, striving to normalize the hospitalize environment for patients and families.
For parents of children who need specialty care on top of their typical visits with pediatricians, CHOC’s growing Primary Care Network offers seamless integration with more than 30 specialty areas.
Practicing physical distancing and being away from school, sports and friends can be difficult for families. During this time, it’s important to offer children and teens and abundance of opportunities for play and to spend meaningful time together. Experts from CHOC’s Cherese Mari Laulhere Child Life Department offer these engaging at-home activity ideas to do […]
Daya Tamayo grabbed the electric clippers and prepared to go to town. “Could you remove the white hair too?” joked Jaime Serna, a CHOC staff member. Daya beamed as she began to give a buzz cut to Jaime, her close confidant and a patient engagement coach and educator in nursing administration at CHOC. Jaime was […]
We understand how important it is to visit loved ones during a hospitalization, especially a child’s. However, for the safety of our patients, families, physicians and staff, CHOC strictly enforces limited visitation on our campus during times such as flu season and the COVID-19 pandemic. Our pediatric psychologists and child life specialists have teamed up […]
A typically happy and energetic Antonio began to feel isolated during an extended hospitalization. His music therapist Rebekah helped him feel more social, while providing “normalized” experiences for Antonio and his family. At CHOC, music therapy is just one of the specialized therapeutic programs offered through the Cherese Mari Laulhere Child Life Department. When Antonio […]
Music therapy has been part of CHOC’s specialized therapeutic programming for more than 10 years. The program has grown recently, due to increased awareness of its effectiveness and a growing need among CHOC patients. We sat down with Kevin Budd, a board-certified music therapist in CHOC’s Mental Health Inpatient Center, to discuss the benefits of […]