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.