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Tulane Lakeside Hospital
Tulane Medical Center

Child Life Program

Being sick can be uncomfortable for anyone, but children often feel especially scared and confused when receiving care. The goal of the Child Life Program is to create an environment of learning through positive experiences that will promote an atmosphere of trust and comfort. By offering an array of "therapeutic play" and age-appropriate activities to children, our Child Life Specialists help patients and families cope with the stress and uncertainty of illness, injury, disability and hospitalization.


  • Education/ Preparation – Preparing children for medical procedures or treatment by demonstrating and using language that children can understand
  • Advocacy/Psychosocial Support – Introduce coping strategies to help reduce anxiety and enhance cooperation with the health care team
  • Procedural/Treatment – Provide support and distraction during medical procedures and treatments
  • Family-Centered Care – Provide information, education, empower collaboration, and support to families of pediatric patients
  • Environment – Offer opportunities for play and expressive activities, encourage natural development, and a sense of FUN in spite of challenging circumstances
  • Community Outreach – Work with the community to provide opportunities for health education, parenting support, and natural childhood development opportunities

Common Activities

  • Storytelling
  • Music
  • Game playing
  • Arts and Crafts
  • Puppetry
  • Doll play
  • Medical role-play
  • Pet therapy
  • Cooking activities
  • "Kid Zone" facility
  • Pre-operative tours
  • "Teen room"
  • Celebrity visits


Child and Family Life is not reimbursed by insurance or families, but instead relies on fundraising and generous financial gifts. If you are interested in giving to the Child Life Program, please contact Rene in the Tulane Department of Pediatrics at