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Links to useful Web sites about child life programs.
So what does Child Life Services offer? It varies from every children's hospital, from every child life specialist, and every child. Not every place will have a pet therapy option, or a special mini-MRI for a young patient's doll to go through the procedure before she does. Here's a selection of the best programs that the best hospitals offer. Most hospitals offer many-or all-of these programs, but there's too much good work done to list it all. This is just a sample.
Clown Care: http://www.childrenshospital.org/patientsfamilies/Site1393/mainpageS1393P4sublevel61.html
A Children's Hospital Boston (CHB) program that brings "Clown Care doctors" via the Big Apple Circus to CHB every week.
Hello Hospital: http://www.choc.org/patients&family/hellohospital.cfm/
A program at Orange's Children's Hospital of California (CHOC) to give children and families an introduction to CHOC.
Children's Hospital of St. Louis's Camp Heart: http://www.stlouischildrens.org/tabid/191/itemid/3851/Camp-Rhythm.aspx/
The Missouri hospital offers a five-day, four-night sleepaway camp during the summer for children with heart conditions.
Children's Hospital Oakland's Teen Lounge: http://www.childrenshospitaloakland.org/child_life/life_playroom.asp/
This California hospital offers video games, foosball, DVDs, and lots more for teens who are too old for Candy Land.
CHOP's Hospital School: http://www.chop.edu/consumer/jsp/division/generic.jsp?id=82118/
The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia offers teachers to help students with long stays keep up with classwork.
CHW's support for the whole family: http://www.chw.org/display/PPF/DocID/20723/Nav/1/router.asp/
Children's Hospital Wisconsin in Milwaukee offers helpful program for siblings of kids in hospital, who might be more worried than the patient.
Cincinnati Children's Hospital's Family Advisory Council: http://www.cincinnatichildrens.org/about/fcc/family/default.htm
The Ohio hospital works with families to have empowered decisions regarding medical care.