Child Life Services

Child Life

A hospital stay and MIBG treatment can be a challenging and unfamiliar experience for children and their families.  Child Life Services at UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital helps pediatric patients and their families adjust to and understand hospitalization, illness and treatment.  A child life specialist will be available to help prepare your child for MIBG which is explained using teaching tools, special dolls and medical equipment.  A child life specialist can help develop coping strategies like imagery, distraction and relaxation to reduce anxiety.  We are also able to provide age-appropriate activities such as games, reading, and art projects. 

Child Life Services recognizes that a child’s illness and treatment affects the entire family and offers support to parents, siblings and rest of the family.  We work closely with families to minimize the stress of the hospital experience.  The Family Resource Room provides a library of information and resources for families about health, illness and coping with hospitalization.  There are computers with Internet access, free WI-FI, phones and a copier to help parents keep up with the demands of life outside the hospital.  Coffee and tea are provided throughout the day.

Please let us know if you would like to speak with a member of the Child Life Services staff, or call Child Life directly to learn more about specific resources for patients.