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Child Life Assistants

Who Are Child Life Assistants?

Child life assistants are professionals trained to support the psychosocial and developmental needs of children and their families in coordination with a child life specialist. They also supervise volunteers and the activity centers within the main hospital.

Child life assistants have earned a minimum of an associate degree related to the field of child development and have experience working with children in various settings.

How Can A Child Life Assistant Help Your Child and Family?

Child life assistants provide developmentally appropriate activities for patients in the activity centers or at the bedside. Activity centers are open with child life assistant or volunteer supervision.

Child life assistants help children and families by:

  • Providing play opportunities in the activity center or in the patient’s room
  • Giving suggestions on toys, games, crafts, or activities that are available
  • Offering information about activity centers or suggestions for fun places to visit in the hospital
  • Coordinating with a Rainbow volunteer to spend time with a patient
  • Playing with a child while a parent talks with doctors or if a parent needs a short break

Where Do Child Life Assistants Work at Rainbow?

Child life assistants work with patients and families in many inpatient and outpatient areas at Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital.