• Research has shown that:
    • Children who are prepared for medical procedures experience less fear and anxiety and have better long-term adjustment to medical challenges.
    • Children in the hospital who engage in therapeutic play with a trained professional exhibit less emotional distress, increased cooperation, and fewer negative physiological responses.
    • Child life interventions can increase cooperation and help reduce pain. 
    • A parent or caregiver’s behavior and anxiety levels are strongly linked to their child’s response to the stresses of hospitalization. Providing child life interventions that support family members improves psychosocial outcomes for young patients.
    When to call child life:
    1. To prepare a child for surgery.
    2. To address a child’s fears and concerns.
    3. To support a child who’s had a traumatic experience with a hospital.
    4. To provide age-appropriate education for a new diagnosis.
    5. To teach a child coping and relaxation techniques and provide a distraction during procedures.
    6. To introduce a child and family to the Dwaine & Cynthia Willett Children's Hospital of Savannah at Memorial University Medical Center.
    7. To provide developmentally appropriate preparation for treatments and procedures.
    8. To provide emotional support during stressful times.
    9. To support siblings and family members during hospitalization.
    10. To provide fun and developmental play during a difficult time.
    Contact child life services at the Dwaine & Cynthia Willett Children's Hospital of Savannah, 912-350-2445 or childlife@memorialhealth.com.