Child Life Program

or ask your child’s nurse for a referral to Child Life.

Child Life Playrooms and the Teen Lounge

Child Life assistants, playrooms and the Teen Lounge serve essential roles at CHLA by helping children do their most important work: play. The playrooms and Teen Lounge are safe, supportive spaces dedicated to having fun and socializing. Child Life assistants welcome patients into these “ouch-free zones” where no medical procedures take place. Here, they empower patients with child-directed play and guided age-appropriate activities, such as arts and crafts, games and medical play designed to make hospital equipment more familiar.

Child Life Tools and Toys

Child Life Tools and Toys

Tools and toys are essential to the Child Life program. From bubbles to puzzles and iPad games, Child Life supplies help patients engage in self-expression and therapeutic play. Both Child Life specialists and assistants distract and educate patients by playing board games, making collages, writing poems or telling stories to relieve children’s anxiety.

Hands-on medical play uses real or pretend medical equipment to give patients a sense of mastery over medical procedures and instruments. Painting with syringes, putting bandages or blood pressure cuffs on dolls and making sculptures with casting materials all help reduce anxiety and provide a level of comfort with the hospital environment.

Support Child Life: The Heart and Soul of Family-Centered Care 

  • Donate
  • Child Life Volunteers
  • Toy Donations

The Child Life program -- which is not covered by insurance or reimbursed through Medi-Cal -- is supported by donations and hospital operating funds. Gifts of any size support the greatest needs of the Child Life program.

Donate Directly through Amazon 

Select a toy, activity, or Play-Doh donation and your gift will be mailed directly to us. The Amazon link below shows our most up-to-date wish list.

Phần mềm chống xóc đĩa trên điện thoại di độngChild Life volunteers help Child Life specialists with play therapy in the playrooms on the patient care units, including: inpatient and outpatient surgery, Emergency department, outpatient Hematology and Oncology. Duties involve setting up the room, bringing the children to the playroom and interacting with patients. Volunteers also provide diversionary activities for patients and their siblings at the bedside.

For more information about volunteer opportunities, or to apply to become a Child Life volunteer, please visit Volunteer, call 323-361-2371 or email volunteers@chla.usc.edu.

For information about making toy donations to the patients at Children’s Hospital, please visit our Toy Donations page.

Phần mềm chống xóc đĩa trên điện thoại di độngDonations can also be made directly through Amazon. to see our most up-to-date wish list.