Some of the more common questions our specialists are able to answer are:
- “What do we say to the children?”
- “Should they be allowed to visit?”
- “How do I know if they understand?”
If you or someone you know is struggling with how to best approach the serious topic of hospitalization or even death with a child, Nebraska Medicine has brochures with specific advice on how to address these difficult topics with children.
Visit the Child Life Resources web page for more information.
Meet our Child Life Team.
Here are two wonderful programs the Child Life Team support:
Books and Games for Pediatric Patients
Share the gift of reading and spread some fun to pediatric patients at Nebraska Medicine. Hospitalization can be a scary and isolating experience for children and teens. Many of the kids are hospitalized for long periods of time (months or even years) due to the severity of their illnesses. Your donation will assist the Child and Family Development program in providing books and games to our young patients. The Child and Family Development Team is made up of child life specialist, teachers and music therapists thriving to reduce the stress of hospitalization and promote kids’ development. Books and games allow kids to experience normalcy, socialize and continued growth and development while hospitalized.
A Day to Celebrate
When children are in the hospital any special day gives them something to look forward to. As a child, do you remember waiting all year for your special day to arrive? Now imagine being a child in the hospital when your Birthday arrives. The Child and Family Development program assist families in celebrating Birthdays in a child or teen’s life during their hospitalization. Through your donation we can continue to provide birthday parties to kids at Nebraska Medicine (themed cake, decorations, and gifts). Many children and teens endure lengthy hospitalizations, have numerous setbacks, undergone difficult procedures or sometimes they have missed a special event like prom at home. Your gift will also allow us the opportunity to recognize these courageous patients with a special gift or party to recognize their bravery and lift their spirits proclaiming them “Extraordinary Kids”!