The Child Life program at ProMedica Toledo Children’s Hospital seeks to support children and families coping with the emotional impact of childhood illness. We help your child understand and cope with his or her illness, and adjust to our hospital environment.
Our team consists of certified Child Life Specialists, a music therapist, a certified teacher, and technology support staff focused on reducing stress for you and your child.
Child Life services include:
- Educational therapy and tutoring
- Bedside play and recreational activities for infants, toddlers, school-age children, and teenagers
- Therapeutic arts and crafts, like journaling, scrapbooking, story time, puppet theatre
- Music therapy, play therapy, and pet therapy
- Diversion and coping strategies during treatment
- Support for patients’ parents and siblings
- Special events to entertain and engage patients and their families
- Medical play to help prepare children for medical procedures and tests
- STARBRIGHT World™ website, a social and educational network for patients diagnosed with serious illnesses
ProMedica Toledo Children’s Hospital has a library and three playrooms, including one specifically for adolescents and teenagers. These rooms act as a diversion for young patients, while also facilitating physical, mental, and social development.
Angie's Place Children's Library (in memory of Angela Liden, Cystic Fibrosis)
Our well-stocked children’s library features books, audio books, games, and computers. Angie loved to read and her parents’ mission became to educate children and their families about the hospital experience, as well as to provide a place for relaxation and enjoyment.
In addition to loaning popular fiction, educational, and disease-specific books, Angie’s Place offers:
- Volunteers who perform puppet theater, read at patients’ bedsides, and deliver books to children who cannot leave their rooms.
- A place for young patients to socialize and talk with friends and family.
- Computers with Internet access for homework and e-mail.
- Visits from guest authors.
- The Paws Reading Program, which invites children to read to pet therapy dogs.
- Story time and themed crafts provided by professional children's librarians.
Teen Lounge (in memory of Bob Fike, social worker)
Teens need to gather, and their own space is imperative. The Bob Fike Teen Lounge provides an area for teens during their hospital stay. This unique room restores adolescents’ sense of independence and allows them to participate in “normal” teen activities.
Special features of the Teen Lounge include:
- Large flat screen television
- DVD player along with movie collection
- XBOX 360™ with Kinect system and popular games such as Rock Band® and Guitar Hero®
- Professional music system with headphones
- Computers with webcams
- Comfortable furniture
- Jukebox with iPod compatibility
The room can also be reserved by patients and their families for special occasions, birthday celebrations, or if they are expecting a large group of visitors.
Lily Pad Playroom (Lucile Keller Trust)
A special place for children of all ages. The room has age-specific toys and imaginative, educational games. It also serves as a place for patients to work on school assignments and socialize with others close to their age.
Special features of the Lily Pad Playroom include:
- Infant corner with toys and furniture specifically intended to help with development
- Planned activities that allow children to express themselves, including scrapbooking, journaling, art therapy, and music therapy
- Air hockey and foosball tables
Sydney’s Playroom (in memory of Sydney Lynn Welch, Leukemia)
Space for kids with cancer and blood disorders to relax and engage in normal activities, while protecting their compromised immune systems. The room has age-specific toys and books, as well as a gaming system.
Located in the Debbie Brass Children’s Cancer Center of ProMedica Toledo Children’s Hospital, the room is open to children receiving both inpatient and outpatient care.
For more information about our child life program, please call 419-291-7441.