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Child Life

Child Life Services

Memorial Hermann Southeast Hospital is pleased to offer the Child Life Services of Children's Memorial Hermann Hospital. Child Life is the first such program available in a community hospital in the southeast Houston area.

A hospital stay can be a stressful experience for a child. Memorial Hermann Southeast offers Child Life Services to empower children, adolescents and their families to master the challenges related to illness, injury and hospitalization, through play to facilitate healing, coping and self-expression. Child Life specialists believe that play is the way children exercise their minds through creativity, their bodies through activity and their souls through expression. Learn more about child life specialists at Memorial Hermann.

Availability of Child Life Services

Child Life Services are available in all pediatric care areas at Memorial Hermann Southeast, including:

  • Day Surgery
  • Imaging
  • Pediatric 4B Unit
  • Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU)
  • Emergency Room

All activities are geared toward the developmental age of the child and include group interactions when appropriate, personalized play activities in patient rooms and activities in other areas where children are awaiting treatment, with the help of the Art While You Wait Program sponsored by the Art for Life Foundation.

"Hello Hospital" Community Outreach Program 

Our Child Life specialist is available for presentations at schools to educate students about hospital visits and Child Life services. At the end of the program, students will have a better understanding of the role and the requirements for becoming a Child Life specialist.

Students will be shown medical equipment to learn how Child Life uses play to educate young patients. They will have an opportunity to play dress-up with hospital gowns, scrubs, stethoscope, and surgical hats and masks. They will also learn about the history of Child Life and how it helps children cope with the hospital experience.

What Families Say about Child Life at Memorial Hermann Southeast Hospital

From parent: My 2-year-old daughter had an MRI at Memorial Hermann Southeast and "the staff was absolutely EXCELLENT!! Due to her age, she had to be sedated under anesthesia and I was so pleased with the Anesthesiologist. He fully explained everything that he would be doing around the anesthesia and stayed with her all through recovery. The recovery Nurses were just wonderful and made sure I was okay during the wait for my daughter to come out of the MRI and through recovery. The Child Life Specialist was absolutely wonderful as well. She stayed with me from the time my daughter went in for her MRI all the way through the recovery and reassured me that all was going well during the procedure to be completed and it was such a relief for me. My daughter just loved her."

More Information

If you feel your child would benefit from preparation and a tour prior to their hospital visit or if your child is having difficulty coping, please ask your medical team to contact Child Life for you.  All services provided by Child Life are free of charge to you and your insurance carrier.

For more information, please contact Julie McCarthy, Child Life specialist, at (281) 929-4469.