Play is an important and familiar part of life for children.
Certified child life specialists (CCLS) have college degrees in areas similar to child development, psychology, education or therapeutic recreation.
Child life employees maintain specially equipped playrooms that are safe, stress-free places for patients and their siblings to play. If your child is unable to participate in playroom activities, bedside play is available for all ages.
We believe that a child’s school experience supports the healing process. Our hospital school program helps to provide normalcy and assist in a smooth transition back to the classroom.
As a part of child life services, music therapy is available to your child. Music therapy is an established health profession that utilizes musical interventions to address specific goals for individuals of all ages.
We offer both child life practicum and child life internship opportunities. We strive to offer students a wide variety of experiences within the hospital setting as well as a solid understanding of the child life profession. We accept students with or without a college affiliation.
Thank you for your interest in volunteering your time to provide an activity or performance for our patients and families. Before you plan a visit to Helen DeVos Children's Hospital, please read our visitor letter and visitor guidelines, and then complete and submit an application. In order to accommodate as many interested community groups as possible, we ask that you only request a visit once every 6 months.
Community visits and events are greatly restricted during the months of November through April. This is due to the increased number of isolated patients with flu and respiratory illnesses. Thanks for your understanding.