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Child Life Program Turns 20

Madison, Wisconsin - They comforted, eased frustrations, disinfected toys and playrooms and even threw birthday parties for American Family Children’s Hospital patients and families over the past 20 years.

Then they celebrated.

Patients, families and staff heralded 20 years of service by the Child Life specialists Friday with a party in the hospital's lobby. The party included treats and snacks, games, crafts and a magic show. Check out the slideshow below to get a glimpse of the fun.

Certified Child Life Specialists help children, adolescents and families cope with the fear and anxiety associated with the medical environment and hospitalization. The goal of the Child Life program is to promote positive experiences for children and families throughout hospitalization.

American Family Children’s Hospital has a staff of 11 child life specialists who have earned a bachelor’s or master’s degree with an emphasis on human growth and development, education, psychology or a related field. 


Date Published: 03/25/2013