Child Life Program
Unique care for childrenOur child life team helps children and their families cope with a serious illness or a stay in the hospital. Specially trained professionals also support children who have a hospitalized family member. Child life specialists are experts in child development and psychology. We help a child feel safe and reduce stress while developing positive coping skills through play, psychological preparation, and self-expression. Creative art therapists and volunteers such as musicians, artists, animal-assisted therapists and photographers enhance a child’s hospital experience.
Child life program provides:
Safe, child-friendly playrooms for children and their families
Medical play to alleviate fears and clarify misconceptions
Explanation of a diagnosis, and preparation for tests and procedures in words children can understand
Creative arts to encourage communication, empowerment, and promote healing
Support for siblings
Events and special visits for enjoyable hospital experience
Palliative and bereavement support
Comprehensive evaluation of a child’s developmental needs, to ensure children continue to meet their milestones during their stay and throughout their recovery
Alternative focus and distraction to reduce pain and anxiety during painful or invasive procedures
Therapeutic support through play, psychological preparation and self-expression
Internships and practicums
The child life internship offered at the Joseph M. Sanzari Children’s Hospital at Hackensack University Medical Center and K. Hovnanian Children's Hospital at Jersey Shore University Medical Center provides a well-rounded program to gain crucial skills to become a successful child life professional. The child life program fosters each intern’s unique strengths and abilities, while helping them develop their clinical skills.
Child Life Internships are offered in the Spring, Summer and Fall/Winter Semesters.
Joseph M. Sanzari Children’s Hospital and K. Hovnanian Children's Hospital utilize the ACLP Internship Readiness Common Application that can be found on the ACLP website.
FOR Application or Questions for Joseph M. Sanzari Children's Hospital: The application should be downloaded and emailed to email@example.com. Please note: for our internship program, students must be affiliated with a college or university.
FOR Application or Questions for K. Hovnanian Children's Hospital: The application should be downloaded and emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please note: at this time, all applications (for current students or graduated students) are currently being considered.