Medical play, preparation and procedural support
Child Life Specialists help children understand hospital experiences through non-threatening play. They put on educational and fun sessions in which children learn coping skills and feel more prepared for their upcoming medical procedures.
- Group Games - Beaumont Children's patients get to participate in BINGO, trivia, board games, Uno tournaments and more, which helps them feel playful and motivated.
- Creative Arts - Beading, journaling, painting and other activities give children a chance to create and express their feelings through the artistic process. Children share stories and develop bonds with other patients experiencing similar challenges.
Stocked with books for children of all ages, our book cart visits patient rooms up to five times each week. Children can select one or more books to enjoy during their time in the hospital and are welcome to take them home when they leave.
Children collect beautiful beads that represent their unique hospital experiences. These keepsakes stand as a testament to the strength and courage that children demonstrate during health challenges. Parents in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU)
also participate in our bead program. Beads representing each baby's "firsts" help parents share and remember important moments in the NICU.
Children who are prepared for surgical procedures generally feel less anxiety and cope better with the experience. For this reason, we offer surgical tours twice a month. A Child Life Specialist shows the child and his or her family where the surgery
will take place and what they should expect. Email us for more information or watch our pediatric pre-surgery education video.
Video games and movies
Xbox 360 games and children's movies provide hours of comfort and entertainment for children, from right in their own hospital beds.
Reach Out and Read
The national Reach Out and Reach literacy program brings new books to children during health maintenance visits. Through the program, Beaumont Children's Hospital doctors encourage reading and promote a love of books, even among our smallest patients.
Patient and family centered care
The Child Life team recognizes that families are integral to healing and should participate fully in health care experiences. Child Life offers support to parents and siblings through participation in all offerings and special programs just for brothers