Support Services

One of the biggest challenges for patients and their families is staying motivated and hopeful during long days in the hospital. The Child Life program works to normalize patients' hospital experience to provide children with activities that help them understand the treatment process while helping them develop new skills, conquer challenges, build self-esteem and a sense of mastery.

Child Life Specialists are developmental experts who provide support and advocacy for children and their families during critical times when they face traumatic injury, severe illnesses and even end-of-life issues. That support may start in the pediatric emergency room and continue throughout your child's hospital stay and discharge.

Our Child Life program offers:

  • Procedure Preparation
  • Pre-surgical hospital orientation/tour
  • Diagnostic Education
  • Guided Distraction
  • Coping Techniques
  • Engaging Activities
  • Special Event Celebrations
  • Bereavement Services
  • Volunteer Program

In-House Units:

  • Med/Surgery
  • Hematology/Oncology
  • Pediatric Intensive Care Unit
  • General Pediatrics
  • Pediatric Emergency Department

Areas covered:

  • Special Procedures
  • Interventional Radiology
  • Laboratory
  • Trauma
  • Surgery

If your family might benefit from our services, please call 561-882-6334.

We need your support, too.

Our Child Life program receives a portion of their support through the Palm Beach Children’s Hospital Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to benefiting the patients and families at Palm Beach Children's Hospital and St. Mary’s Medical Center. This support comes in the form of donations from individuals and businesses that care about the well-being of children facing chronic and acute illness or trauma. If you would like to help bring hope and support to patients and families in need, please contact us at (561) 882-9182.

Meet our Child Life Team

Lisa Barron

Lisa Barron, BS
Pediatric Office Supervisor

Julie Millar, CCLS
Certified Child Life Specialist

To contact the Child Life team, please call 561-882-6334.

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