Child Life Services Offered

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Whether your child is a patient with us or has a family member in the hospital, Child Life Specialists can help.

Call 310-267-9440 to learn more about Child Life Specialists at UCLA Health.

At UCLA Mattel Children's Hospital and pediatric specialty clinics, our Child Life Specialists help our youngest patients cope with fear and anxiety by offering therapeutic activities tailored to their social, emotional and educational needs.

Child Life services we offer include:

  • Pre-hospitalization visits for children and their families
  • Preparation for medical procedures, support during procedures and post-procedural medical play
  • Therapeutic intervention-including music therapy and play to help children cope with issues related to their illness and medical care
  • Consultation with caregivers, siblings and children of adult patients to enhance their understanding of the impact of illness on the child and family
  • Supervision of playroom, Starlight Room/Teen Lounge and outpatient play areas
  • Expert consultation for caregivers and medical team members regarding child development and related issues
  • Special events that entertain and engage children and families
  • Assistance in transitioning from hospital to home and/or school following an illness
  • Coordination and supervision of the Family Resource Room


patient room
Pediatric Patient Room Photo credit: Benny Chan/Fotoworks
child playroom
Child Life Play Room Photo credit: Benny Chan/Fotoworks


teen room
Child Life Teen Room Photo credit: Benny Chan/Fotoworks
Child Life Starlight Room
Child Life Starlight Room Photo credit: Benny Chan/Fotoworks