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Child Life

Child Life specialists work in the inpatient units and outpatient clinics to help patients and families adjust to the health care experience. Using developmentally supportive play activities and medical play, Child Life specialists help patients adjust to the health care experience and prepare for and undergo treatments and procedures. Child Life specialists also help patients and families transition from inpatient care to outpatient care, home care and the return to school.

While going back to school can be challenging for children who have been burned, it is often beneficial for them to re-establish peer connections and re-engage in academic and social activities as soon as they are medically able. The Pediatric Burn Center offers a School Re-entry Program, in which a team from the hospital visits the child’s school to help prepare classmates and teachers for the child’s return. The program helps students understand more about burns, burn prevention and the specific needs of your child. The Child Life specialist will speak with you about setting up school re-entry for your child.

For questions regarding Child Life support in the inpatient setting, contact Peyton Hutchins at 410-502-8036. For questions regarding Child Life support in the outpatient clinic, contact Brittany Krauth at 410-614-1479.

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