Our Services


At the Joseph M. Sanzari Children’s Hospital, our child life/creative arts therapists provide:

  • Safe and child-friendly playrooms where children and their families can participate in non-medical activities
  • Safe and friendly teen rooms for adolescents
  • Medical play to alleviate fears and clarify misconceptions
  • Psychological preparation for medical procedures
  • Psychosocial education about illness and diagnosis
  • Rehearsal of coping strategies to maximize ability to manage medical experience
  • Accompaniment of child or adolescent at the time of procedures
  • Appropriate non-pharmacological techniques to reduce pain and distress
  • Creative arts interventions to encourage communication, empowerment, and to promote healing
  • Play opportunities to meet and maintain developmental goals
  • Events and special guest visits for optimal hospital experience
  • Group activities for socialization and normalization
  • Ongoing therapeutic relationships with patient and siblings
  • Advanced stage illness support
  • Bereavement support
  • Patient and family-centered care based upon specific needs

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