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Child Life Services

Putting the needs of children first by focusing on psychosocial care and emotional well-being

Supporting Healing By Reducing Stress

A key part of our comprehensive and compassionate care is our Child Life program, designed to help children understand and cope with medical treatment. 

A child life specialist uses evidence-based techniques to make the hospital a kid-friendly place. But their scope goes much further: Their clinical and emotional expertise is an essential part of patient and family care, and they work to ensure a child's emotional and physical development in the face of illness. 

Child life specialists will be here for your child every step of the way by communicating through play, connecting on their level, and making them as comfortable as possible. 

Contact Us: Reach Out to Child Life Director – Michele King: 239-343-5890 or Supervisor – Danielle Furio: 239-343-5891

Golisano Children’s Hospital of Southwest Florida offers internships through the Child Life Services program! Interns have the opportunity to observe and provide services to all hospital units as well completing special projects and case studies. Learn more about each internship here!

  • Child Life Internship

    Golisano Children’s Hospital of Southwest Florida offers a child life internship for those seeking to become Certified Child Life Specialists

  • Music Therapy Internship

    Our music therapy internship program is open to students from FGCU or FSU completing their music therapy degree.

Our Services

Our certified child life specialists work with children, families, medical staff, and the entire health care team to minimize the stress of a hospital experience through the following services:

  • Pre-admission and pre-surgical tours
  • Activities in the playroom, teen lounge, and bedside
  • Preparation for medical tests, procedures, and surgeries
  • Educational services, including homebound/hospital teaching and school re-entry program
  • Providing a sense of normalcy for children coping with serious health issues 
  • Reducing stress to help recovery and allow children to cope with their medical situation
  • Bereavement support with team members in the PICU and NICU
  • Special events such as pet therapy, clowns, as well as planning birthday and holiday celebrations

Child Life Services Team Photo 2022    Child Life's Mission Statement: Certified child life specialists at Golisano Children’s Hospital of Southwest Florida are an integral part of the multidisciplinary team who promote positive coping through advocacy, developmentally appropriate play, procedural support and education. They are dedicated to meeting the individualized needs of our patients and families by empowering them to successfully navigate through their outpatient visit or inpatient stay.

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