‘Medical play’ helps young patients heal

Child life specialists are acknowledged by the American Academy of Pediatrics as being a vital part of care to children, to meet their emotional, psychological and social needs, said Gwen Senio, manager of child life programs at UI Children’s Hospital.

“We really recognize that kids have unique needs that need to be addressed during health care experiences,” she said. “Because so much of hospitalization can be a big unknown, this is helping to take that away, to help them understand the experiences.”

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