At Shriners Hospitals for Children—Cincinnati, the health and safety of our patients, families, volunteers and staff is our top priority. With the rapidly evolving situation regarding coronavirus (COVID-19,) we are closely monitoring local health departments and The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC,) and are actively following their recommendations.

We are working diligently to reschedule appointments postponed during the quarantine. We also understand you may feel some anxiety about bringing your child into the hospital. Our plans to restart routine care have been thoughtfully developed and implemented to keep everyone safe. We are also scheduling some appointments for new patients. If you have any questions, please call the hospital at 855-206-2096.

Families that have appointments of any kind are asked to arrive with ONLY ONE parent or guardian and no additional family members or guests.

When you arrive for your appointment, if you and your child are not already wearing a mask, you will receive one. You will both be screened for illness and will notice new safety precautions in place to promote clean hands, a clean environment, and social distancing.

We are here for you, and look forward to seeing you soon.

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Our child life program

Child life is part of the interdisciplinary approach to children’s health care that takes into account the needs of the “whole child.” The program is based upon a wide range of research and experience especially adapted to the pediatric health care setting, with particular attention to the psychosocial needs of the child and family.

Child life specialists are available to provide parent education on topics such as play, toy safety, and normal growth and development. Parents are also helped to understand the emotional impact of burns and hospitalization on the children’s behavior.

Play and recreational opportunities are provided to optimize the adjustment and normal development of infants, children, and adolescents. Play is the “work” of childhood and means by which children continue to learn and develop new skills. Maintaining and increasing the child’s developmentally appropriate skills plays an important part in the child’s successful rehabilitation after the burn injury.

Child life specialists are members of the health care team and participate in patient assessments, patient care meetings, medical rounds, and hospital wide committees concerned with total patient and family-centered care. Child life assessments and care plans are charted in the patient medical record.

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