The team at Child Life Services creates opportunities for children, teens and families to play, learn and discover at UCSF Benioff Children's Hospitals.

Families often have many questions about how to help their children feel ready for a procedure or admission to the hospital. Our department's mission is to help your child and other family members cope with and prepare for these medical experiences. Our team of certified child life specialists, music therapists, art therapists, educators and parent liaisons are trained in child and family development, and understand the specific needs of children, teens and families in the hospital. Through support, play and education, we collaborate with you to create a friendly and comfortable medical environment for your child.

Please contact us for:

  • Preparation ahead of a medical procedure, using age-specific teaching tools such as models, dolls, medical equipment and pictures
  • Support during medical procedures
  • Helpful strategies such as imagery, distraction and relaxation to reduce anxiety
  • Therapeutic play needs whether before, during or after your child's hospital experience