Texas Scottish Rite Hospital Child Life specialist using doll to explain surgery to patients


Child Life Specialists (CLS) focus on the social, emotional, developmental and educational needs of children and teenagers in the hospital, surgery and outpatient setting. To help reduce fear and promote coping during the visit, a CLS can provide these services:
  • Preparation and support for medical procedures
  • Education about diagnosis
  • Coping techniques to use during medical experiences
  • Engagement in medical play
  • Outlets for self-expression
  • Support for brothers and sisters
Student Programming
Interested in our Child Life student programming? Find out more information about our Child Life Practicum and our Workshop on our Internships & Student Programming page