From pet therapy to Seacrest Studios, CHOC offers a host of amenities to help children cope with their hospitalization. The child life department plays a key role in normalizing the hospital environment by making things like medical equipment and procedures feel less strange.
In this CHOC Radio segment, Child Life Specialist Chloe Krikac shares a little about the support provided to patients and families, in addition to offering tips to parents. Bringing comfort items, such as a favorite pillowcase or stuffed animal, and family photos is one suggestion Chloe offers parents and caregivers to help children feel more “at home” in the hospital. Although developmental age and health condition impact what information is provided to a child, the approach is the same: making sure patients understand why they are in the hospital and how the doctors and nurses are going to help them get better.
For more tips, listen to episode number 31 of CHOC Radio.
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