Child life services

Child life services 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 480-323-3160 at Scottsdale Shea Medical Center or 480-323-4851 at Deer Valley Medical Center.