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For a kid, coming to the hospital can be very scary. There are new people, new machines and many new sounds. But at Dayton Children's we work hard to make sure everything is "just right for kids." This means we have people working around the clock to ensure your child not only feels safe at the hospital, but that they can focus on their most important job... being a kid!

Our child life specialists focus on the emotional support and developmental needs of Dayton Children's patients and families. As part of a patient's healthcare team, child life specialists help a patient cope with illness, injury, treatment and procedures. The child life staff uses play, preparation, education and self-expression activities to help children understand why they are receiving medical care.

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Many of the items child life uses for our patients are given by generous donors. Make a donation to child life today.

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From bubbles to iPads, our child life specialists use all sorts of fun items given by generous donors to help make a patient’s hospital stay a little easier.

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what is a child life specialist?

Learn more about how a child life specialist can help your child when visiting Dayton Children’s.

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clinical experiences

Dayton Children’s is pleased to offer a child life practicum for college students pursuing the child life profession.

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Do you want to visit our patients or make a donation from our wish list?

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