Undergoing treatment for a serious illness can have a strong emotional impact on a child. The child life program at ProMedica Toledo Children’s Hospital seeks to reduce this impact by helping children understand and cope with their illness, and adjust to the hospital environment. Our child life specialists work as part of the medical team to help children feel as comfortable and secure as possible.
In addition to our trained child life specialists, our team is comprised of art and music therapists, and a certified teacher, who are all focused on your child’s physical, emotional and educational needs.
Some of our unique services of the child life program include:
- Educational therapy and tutoring
- Bedside play and recreational activities for infants, toddlers, school-age children, and teenagers
- Art therapy, music therapy, play therapy and pet therapy
- Diversion and coping strategies during treatment
- Support for patients’ parents and siblings
- Special events to entertain and engage patients and their families
- Medical play to help prepare children for medical procedures and tests
- STARBRIGHT World™ website, a social network for teens or siblings of teens diagnosed with serious illnesses
An important element of Toledo Children’s Hospital child life program is our activity areas. Toledo Children’s Hospital has three playrooms – including one specifically for adolescents and teenagers – and children's library. These rooms act as a diversion for young patients, while also facilitating physical, mental and social development.
Angie's Place Children's Library
Angie’s Place – a well-stocked children’s, library featuring books, audio books, games, and computers – was established in memory of a young child with a chronic illness who loved to read. The mission of Angie’s Place is to educate children and their families so they can better understand the hospital experience, as well as to provide relaxation and enjoyment for families.
In addition to loaning popular fiction, educational and disease-specific books, Angie’s Place offers:
- Volunteers who perform puppet theater, read at patient’s bedsides, and deliver books to children who cannot leave their rooms
- A place for patients to socialize and talk with friends and family.
- Computers with Internet access for homework and email.
- A video library.
- Visits from guest authors.
- The Paws Reading Program, which invites children to read to pet therapy dogs.
- Story time and themed crafts provided by professional librarians.
Angie was a bright and beautiful little girl who passed away from Cystic Fibrosis at the age of six. Angie’s parent’s dedicated the children’s library in her honor.
Bob Fike Teen Lounge
Whether it be a life threatening illness or an injury that requires a brief stay, the need for teens to gather and use their own space is imperative. The Bob Fike Teen Lounge provides this specific age group with an area of their own during their hospital stay. This unique room restores patients’ sense of independence for adolescents and allows them to participate in “normal” teen activities.
Special features of the Teen Lounge include:
- Large flat screen television
- DVD player along with movie collection
- X-Box 360 with Kinects system and popular games such as XBOX 360™, Rock Band®, and Guitar Hero®
- Professional music system with headphones
- Computers with webcams
- Comfortable furniture
- Juke box with iPod compatibility
The room can also be reserved by patients and their families for special occasions or if they a expecting a large group of visitors.
The Bob Fike Teen Lounge was named in memory of a caring husband, father and social worker who loved children. Bob’s family named the Teen Lounge in his honor in 2010.
Lily Pad Playroom
The Lily Pad Playroom is a special place for children of all ages. The room is comprised of several age-specific toys and games that are educational, encourage imagination and simply just for fun. It also serves as a place for patients to work on school assignments and socialize with others close to their age.
Special features of the Lily Pad Playroom include:
- Infant corner with toys a furniture specifically intended to help with development
- Planned activities that allow children to express themselves, including scrapbooking, journaling, art therapy and music therapy
- Air hockey and foosball tables
Sydney Lynn Welch Memorial Playroom
Similar to the Lily Pad Playroom and the Bob Fink Teen Lounge, the room is a space for children to relax and engage in normal activities, but it specialized for children with cancer to protect their compromised immune systems. The room has several age-specific toys and books as well as a gaming system and is open to children receiving both inpatient and outpatient care.
Located in the Debbie Brass Cancer Center of Toledo Children’s Hospital, Sydney’s Playroom was donated in memory of a young girl who died of complications due to leukemia
For more information on ProMedica Toledo Children's Hospital child life program, please call 419-291-7441.