Child Life Specialist

What is a Child Life Specialist?

We use our understanding of child development and therapeutic play to help children cope with any pain, anxiety or fear they have during a hospital admission. Our aim is to provide a positive experience for all children and young people who are hospitalized. This is done to ensure that children have support from the start to end of an admission, which can make hospital a safe and fun environment.

How can a Child Life Specialist help? 

We break down information to help children and young people to understand what is going to happen.

This is explained using the following:

  • Tell the patient what to expect
  • Help the patient to speak about any concerns they have.
  • Talk about coping strategies and ways to help manage pain.
  • Look at ways to talk about the patient’s condition
  • Build up a rapport and seek information about the child’s interests (like toys or teddy bears) and advise families to bring these in to normalize the hospital stay of a child.

Al Jalila Children's Specialty Hospital

Al Jaddaf - Dubai United Arab Emirates

800 AJCH (8002524)