Child Life, Education and Creative Arts Therapy Resources
Learn about medical play and its therapeutic benefits for hospitalized children. Find links to age-specific information.
Play and recreation can be therapeutic by giving children the opportunity to explore, express and process their healthcare experiences in a safe, non-threatening environment.
Find recommended children’s books that focus on a variety of topics such as healthcare, social-emotional well-being, diversity and inclusion.
Learn about the reactions siblings may have when a brother or a sister is in the hospital and what caregivers can do to help the family cope.
Learn some simple ways to prepare your child for the experience of drive-through testing for COVID-19.
Use these strategies and suggested language to support your child throughout their COVID-19 vaccination experience.
To make the experience less stressful, follow these tips for when supporting babies and toddlers during and after their vaccines.
Here’s what to expect when you come in for your next appointment at a Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia Care Network location.
Coping During a Doctor’s Visit and Vaccination
Learn about the eight different breathing exercises and instructions on how to perform each.
Comfort positions are secure hugging holds that help your child feel safe and secure during medical procedures. Find several comfort positions that we often recommend for newborns, infants, toddlers and preschoolers.
This video offers guidance for families on comfort positions that are recommended for infants during vaccinations.
This video offers guidance for families on comfort positions that are recommended for preschoolers during vaccinations.
This video offers guidance for families on comfort positions that are recommended for toddlers during vaccinations.
This child-friendly learning resource can help prepare your child for getting a vaccine. Learn about what a vaccine is and what it can be like before, during and after.
Going to the doctor’s office can be an overwhelming experience for children and caregivers. This guide provides suggestions and resources to help create positive experiences.
Like adults, children deserve honest answers about their healthcare. Consider teaching your child — before their appointment — about why immunizations are important. Find tips to help prepare your child for their immunizations.
Preparing for Your Child's Procedure
Find strategies to help your child, and family, cope with medical procedures, which can be stressful.
This child-friendly video cartoon can help prepare your child for getting an MRI. Learn about what an MRI machine looks like, the MRI noise, and how the MRI scan works.
An MRI mock scanner simulates the real MRI experience, including the noises the camera makes throughout the scan. It is a useful tool to see how your child will handle the MRI.
The sounds created by an MRI machine can be intimidating for some children as they do not know what to expect. Play these MRI sounds to help your child prepare for their MRI.
Find information on how to prepare your child for hospitalization and how the child life staff at CHOP can help.
If your child is scheduled to have surgery at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia or one of our surgery centers, these surgery prep books can help prepare them for what to expect.