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Child Life Services

Child Life Specialists make the hospital a more comfortable place for kids. These specialists at Scottsdale Shea Medical Center and Deer Valley Medical Center:

  • Serve as advisers, teachers and comforters for pediatric patients and their families as non-medical members of the care team.
  • Are trained to interact with children in a hospital setting to reduce their anxiety and apprehension.
  • Are involved in pre-surgery educational tours.
  • Conduct developmental assessments of their patients.
  • Explain procedures in child-friendly terms.
  • Support and distract patients during procedures.
  • Stage "medical play" to enhance understanding.
  • Accompany a child during inpatient and outpatient procedures to decrease stress and make the child more comfortable.

For more information about our Child Life Specialists, please call 480-323-3146 at Scottsdale Shea Medical Center or 623-879-1656 at Deer Valley Medical Center.