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Into the Genetic Future

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Into the Genetic Future

An exciting new initiative at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia is helping unlock the secrets of children’s DNA.

Child Life: The Smile Specialists

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The Smile Specialists

Being in the hospital can be no fun — until the Child Life, Education and Creative Arts Therapy Department shows up bearing toys, art supplies, musical instruments, video games and much more.

Child Life: 4 East/4 South

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Child Life: 4East/4South

It's Kim Sedgwick's job to help kids cope. As a child life specialist, she helps by explaining at an age-appropriate level what is going to happen during surgery. 

Child Life: Art Therapy

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Child Life: Art Therapy

For children in pain or who need to sit still for hours for a procedure, art therapy offers them an outlet to express their creativity and a distraction from their medical condition.

Child Life: Pediatric Sedation Unit

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Child Life: Sedation

Sedation is common before procedures and scans such as an MRI, and as a child life specialist in Radiology’s Sedation Unit, Melanie Hoynoski is there to prepare kids on what to expect.

Teaching Program

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The Hospital School Program at CHOP helps 300 patients each year from kindergarten through 12th grade keep up with their class work while in the Hospital.

Child Life: Music Therapy

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Child Life: Music Therapy

Music therapist Mike Mahoney, MA, MT-BC, offers up instruments from his cart: maracas, a drum, a keyboard. The children at the Alex Scott Day Hospital are eager to sing and play music.

Child Life: 9 South

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Child Life: 9 South

Boredom is Edwina Smith’s enemy, and as child activity coordinator on the 9 South inpatient unit, she is good at chasing it away with her infectious enthusiasm and a playroom full of toys.

Building Hope

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If you've visited CHOP's Main Hospital recently, you may have noticed a giant structure of steel beams rising across the street. In 2015, CHOP will open the doors on the nation’s most state-of-the-art pediatric outpatient care facility: the Buerger Center for Advanced Pediatric Care.