Oak Valley Health’s child life specialist is an integral member of our health care team. Through play, learning, self expression, and social interaction, our child life specialist will help make your child’s hospital stay a normal and positive experience.

About our Child Life Program
Our Child Life Program offers services to meet the psychological needs of children and youth in the hospital. We strive to:

  • Promote optimum development of children and teenagers
  • Maintain normal living patterns
  • Help alleviate the stress and anxiety that children and their families may encounter as a result of the hospitalization or medical experience

Child life specialists can provide your child with opportunities for therapeutic and diversional play. They can help prepare your child for medical tests and procedures through education and rehearsal. They can help develop your child’s coping skills. And they can support your family during hospitalization or challenging events.

For more information on the child life profession and services, please contact the Child Life Council.