Child life services

Child in scrubsDid you know?

  • Child life specialists are prepared at the bachelor's and master's level in child life, child development, and other related fields.
  • Child life services are available seven days a week, 365 days a year.
  • Activity rooms are staffed by child life assistants who have a background in child development and experience working with children in an early childhood setting.
  • Activity rooms are "safe" rooms where medical procedures are not permitted.
  • For more information please call (909) 558-8212.

Activity room
Monday - Thursday 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. and 2:00 - 5:00 p.m.
Friday - Sunday 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. and 2:00 - 4:00 p.m.

What are child life specialists?

Child life specialists work to minimize fears and stress experienced by children, adolescents, and families during hospitalization.

Help to enhance the patient's understanding of medical procedures and diagnoses using age-appropriate techniques.

James reading to childImplement a wide range of community outreach events.

Listen to patient's fears and/or concerns and to help facilitate coping strategies.

Develop age appropriate activities for children ranging in age from birth to young adult.

Lend emotional support and provide relaxation techniques to patients during invasive procedures.

Integrate play into the healing process by utilizing therapeutic play.

Facilitate grief support groups for children.

Ease the transition from hospital to classroom with the school reintegration program.

Authored by James R. Ball, Child Life Specialist, Loma Linda University Children's Hospital, child life department.

Child life services include:

  • Sibling visitation
  • Therapeutic play
  • Bedside intervention
  • Diversional activities/accompaniment during tests or procedures
  • Support groups (grief/diabetes/cancer)
  • School reintegration
  • Activity room
  • Behavior management
  • Family support and education
  • Child life internship program
  • Volunteer opportunities

How to contact a child life specialist:

*Child life department (909) 558-8212

Unit 2800
extension 85016

Physician and childarrowHematology/oncology
Unit 4800
extension 88401

*Cardiac/intermediate care
Unit 5800
extension 88501

Unit 5700
extension 41938

*Emergency department
extension 41938

*NICU/TotalCare Birth Center
3200 3300
extension 88325

*Acute Care
Units 5100
5300 6200
extension 88014

*Specialty Team Centers Clinic - 2195 Club Center Drive, Suite G (909) 558-2617


*Child life department (909) 558-8212