The Child Life Services department helps your child and family members cope with medical experiences. Our Certified Child Life Specialists are trained in child development and understand the unique needs of children, teens, and families in the hospital. Through play and education, Certified Child Life Specialists can partner with you to create a friendly and comfortable medical environment for your child. In addition, our child life team can help if:
To learn more or meet with one of our Certified Child Life Specialists, please call (615) 936-4575. Child life services are available every day, including weekends and holidays. Your child’s nurse or staff members can also help you contact child life services if needed.
To ensure child life services are always available at Children’s Hospital, the family of Michael Stanley created the Michael Stanley Child Life Fund.
Michael Stanley, of Nashville, Tenn., was diagnosed with cancer in April 2005. After a 13-hour surgery, 48 weeks of chemotherapy, six weeks of radiation and more than 100 days in the hospital, Michael achieved remission. Michael was honored with a Make-a-Wish Foundation trip to Walt Disney World in 2009. He also became the child ambassador to the 2014 Iroquois Steeplechase, one of the largest annual fundraisers for Children's Hospital and a Nashville-area tradition. Michael died in April 2015 after a second battle with cancer.
Your gift will have a long-term impact on families and patients.