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 updates and alerts from local health departments and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and are actively following their recommendations.

Due to the situation with COVID-19, we have cancelled all elective procedures and non-urgent appointments. We remain open to address only urgent conditions. Please call the hospital if you have any questions 855-206-2096.

Families that have been approved to come to the hospital are asked to arrive with ONLY ONE parent or guardian and no additional family members or guests. All patients and visitors will be screened by a healthcare provider when entering hospital.

For the latest updates about COVID-19, please visit the CDC website.

Cincinnati, OH Child Life Program | Shriners Hospitals for Children – Cincinnati
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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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