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The Child Life Program at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center serves pediatric patients and their families in both inpatient and outpatient settings throughout the hospital. Child Life Specialists assist families in coping with illness and hospitalization by:

  • Facilitating positive patient coping strategies through preparation and support for medical procedures
  • Assisting families in dealing with grief and loss through bereavement interventions and the creation of legacy items
  • Increasing awareness and understanding of the medical environment with diagnosis education and resources
  • Affording patients and their siblings opportunities for developmentally appropriate play and socialization

Currently, Harbor-UCLA Medical Center has 3 full-time Child Life Specialists and 1 full-time Activity Coordinator that cover numerous Outpatient Clinics, the Inpatient Pediatric Unit, Intensive Care Units, a Level I Trauma Center, Adult Palliative Care and the Jim Seidel Expressive Art Garden and Play Area.