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Services

Pediatric patients, parents and providers may seek our Child Life Specialists for support during numerous medical experiences. Examples of child life interventions include:

  • Preparing a child & family for admission, surgery, specific tests or procedures
  • Supporting effective coping and effective pain management during a child’s medical procedure(s)
  • Providing information about a new diagnosis tailored to a child’s developmental age/level
  • Developing behavior modification programs to encourage success with a new medical regimen
  • Modeling therapeutic strategies for managing chronic Illness
  • Offering psychosocial support for children and families affected by trauma
  • Providing bereavement support for the children of adult patients

Additionally, our Child Life Specialists facilitate a wide variety of external programs and services to benefit patients and families at BMC, including:

  • Inpatient tutoring referrals and services
  • Early Intervention referrals
  • Reach Out and Read Programming
  • The Hospital Outreach Program from Hole in the Wall Game Camp
  • Pieces of Home – The Backpack Project
  • Boredom Busters
  • Music Therapy
  • Donor Coordination
  • Holiday toy donation and distribution
  • Volunteer Opportunities
  • Internship Opportunities

Patient Information

Child Life Specialists provide full-time coverage to Ambulatory Pediatrics, Inpatient Pediatrics/Pediatric Intensive Care Unit, Pediatric Otolaryngology and the Pediatric Emergency Department. If you are interested in the support of a child life specialist for your patient or child, please call 617.414.2550.

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