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Healing Through Play, Music, Art and Pets

Think children’s hospitals and doctors and nurses readily come to mind. And for good reason. But there’s another group of sometimes unsung heroes. Meet the child life specialists.

Child life specialists support the emotional and mental health needs of hospitalized kids and their families. Child life programs include art therapy, music therapy, pet therapy, play activities and comfort toys and tools.

Children’s hospitals care for the whole child, not just the physical side of things. Programs like child life are often funded almost completely by philanthropy. In fact, in 2020 CMN Hospitals raised more than $90 million to fund patient services, including child life programs

With March being Child Life Month, consider making a donation to your member hospital today.