The Child Life Program’s mission is to strengthen children and families who are experiencing illness and trauma by helping them discover new skills, conquer challenges and build hope.
The Child Life Program at Palm Beach Children’s Hospital provides therapeutic interventions for children with chronic and acute medical conditions and their families. A team of Child Life Specialists provide services for patients at Palm Beach Children’s Hospital at St. Mary’s Medical Center. Their support may begin in the pediatric emergency room, and continue throughout their hospital stay and discharge.
Child Life Specialists work to make every child’s hospital stay a positive experience. This is accomplished with the use of developmentally appropriate therapeutic interventions, including medical play and diversional therapy to help reduce anxiety children might experience while undergoing treatment and follow-up care. Medical play equipment, procedural preparation books, medical puppets and hospital tours are some tools used when talking about medical procedures with children.
We Need Your Support!
Our program depends on the generosity of funders and individuals who care about critically ill children. Help bring hope and support to families by becoming a volunteer or by making a donation.
Volunteers help us improve the lives of the children we serve by providing support in the office, assisting staff and patients and helping with fund-raising or social events for the children. Our program values volunteers who support our staff’s efforts. If you are interested, please call our director of Volunteer Services today at 561-882-2998.
Financial Contributions are welcomed and needed. If you wish to make a donation, please contact the St. Mary’s Auxiliary at 561-882-2998.