The Child Life and Creative Arts Therapy Department
  A stay in the hospital can be unsettling no matter how old you are. For children, medical procedures, unfamiliar surroundings and new faces can be particularly stressful. The Child Life and Creative Arts Therapy Department helps young patients cope with their fears and anxieties by offering therapeutic activities tailored to meet their social, emotional, and educational needs. Familiar experiences such as play, art, school, and socializing with peers are offered to help young patients understand and cope more effectively with the often overwhelming world of the hospital.
  The Child Life and Creative Arts Therapy Department seeks to achieve the following important goals:
  • Minimize anxiety and stress experienced by children, adolescents, and families in the medical setting.
  • Enhance the young patient's emotional, social, physical, and cognitive growth in the context of his/her family, culture, and stage of development.
  • Support parents and encourage their participation in their child's healthcare.
  • Enhance understanding of medical experiences for children and families.
  • Help children maintain a sense of security during an illness or surgery.
  • Help children and families continue everyday living experiences as much as possible.
  Child Life Staff
  The Child Life Staff consists of certified Child Life Specialists trained to help children and families cope with the hospital experience.

They are experts in early childhood education, special education, creative arts therapies, and recreation therapy. Their goal is to create a supportive environment that allows patients to retain their creativity, self-esteem, and independence so that they may continue their normal development.


  Parents are encouraged to contact the Child Life Program before their child is admitted to the hospital. Arrangements are routinely made for parents and children to tour the hospital facilities, meet child life personnel, and ask any questions about programs and services.

The Child Life and Creative Arts Therapy Department provides many services to help ease the adjustment to life at Mount Sinai's Children Hospital.


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