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Child Life Specialists help children and families cope with the stress and anxiety that often accompany a hospital experience. They are trained in teaching children and adolescents about medical procedures in a developmentally appropriate manner to further meet the specific needs of your child and facilitate effective coping methods. They are a family centered resource catered to you and your family’s needs.
You might spot us in many different places throughout the hospital system, including the Children's Emergency Department, the Pediatric Unit, the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU), Pediatric Rehab, Day Surgery and Endoscopy.
WakeMed Child Life Services focus on pediatric patients and family members ages 0 to 17.
Each child life specialist has a minimum of a bachelor's degree in child life, child development, recreational therapy, or related field. After completing 600 hours of paid work or internship under the supervision of a certified child life specialist, they must pass the Child Life Professional Certification Examination through the Association of Child Life Professionals.
Meet Our Specialists
Our Child Life Specialists focus on making your child's hospitalization a good experience by:
If you are interested in speaking with a child life specialist, please ask your nurse or call (919) 350-7744 to speak with a specialist directly or to leave a message for a specialist in the department your child is being served in.
Going to the hospital can be a stressful time for both you and your child. As parents, you are the experts on your children.
You know them best and will be most effective in preparing your child or adolescent for hospitalization, a procedure, or surgery.
Child Life Specialists are trained in teaching children and adolescents about medical procedures and helping them cope. They are a resource for you and your family.
To learn more about how to mentally prepare children and teenagers for the following procedures, access the resources below.
When a child or teenager is in the hospital, it is also important to encourage them to play and engage in developmentally appropriate activities. Please review the information to the right for ideas on how to help children and teenagers cope with hospitalization.
Twinkle Goes to the Hospital: Coloring pages for your child
The Child Life Specialists at WakeMed offer conferences for child life professionals and students interested in pursuing a career in child life. Any updated conference information will be accessible through this webpage. No current conference information is available.
If interested in making an In-Kind Donation to WakeMed Children’s or for inquiries about arranging a Special Visit with our pediatric patients, please send a message to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Children's Wish List
3000 New Bern Ave.
Raleigh, NC 27610