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Child Life Specialists are health professionals who assist children and adolescents and their families as they prepare for and cope with pediatric medical and emotional experiences such as surgery, hospitalization, tests and procedures. We’ve discovered that when children understand what is happening to them, they cope more effectively and experience less psychological trauma and anxiety. Our Child Life Specialists are trained in child development, child life, education and psychology.

Child Life Specialists assist pediatric patients and families at Cleveland Clinic’s Main Campus, Fairview Hospital and Hillcrest Hospital.

Learn more about our Child Life Programs