COVID-19 AlertFor the protection and health of our patients and team members during the COVID-19 (coronavirus) outbreak, the Child Life Playroom, Sibling Playroom, Teen Lounge and Classroom are all closed indefinitely. We apologize for any inconvenience and look forward to providing these resources to our patients in the future. 

Child Life staff are still in the playrooms to provide toys, games and in-room activities for patients.  Please talk with your nurse to request items.

 

Our Mission

We, as child life professionals, strive to promote a positive health care experience for children, youth and families.

Our Vision

The Child Life Services department consistently advocates for the optimal growth, development and emotional well being of infants, children and adolescents in the health care setting. This services we provide take a holistic and diverse approach to meeting the social and emotional needs of each child, adolescent and family we serve.

The Child Life Services department works with patients and families to develop ways to cope with fear, anxiety, and separation from friends and family by using play, music, art, recreation and education techniques.

The Child Life Team Includes:

  • Child Life Manager
  • Child Life Supervisor
  • Expressive Arts Supervisor
  • Child Life Specialists
  • Child Life Assistants 
  • Art Therapists
  • Music Therapist
  • School Teachers
  • Project Coordinator 
  • Clown Docs
  • Child Life Interns
  • Child Life Practicum Students
  • Art Therapy Interns
  • Art Enrichment Interns

Child Life Services Hours

These professionals are available between the following hours:

Weekday Hours Weekend Hours
Child Life Specialists
7:30am - 11:30pm 
Child Life Specialists
9:00am - 11:30pm 
School Teacher
8:00am - 4:30pm
 
Art Therapy
8:00am - 4:30pm
 
Music Therapy
8:00am - 4:30pm
 

Pre-Admission Tours

In preparation for your child's upcoming surgery or hospitalization, walking tours of the hospital can be conducted upon request. You may also want to view "Amanda's Surgery Adventure", an award winning video developed in part by a St. Louis Children's Hospital Child Life Specialist. For additional information about pre-admission tours and hospital visits for patients and families, please call 314.454.6178 or contact a Certified Child Life Specialist directly.