Child Life & Development

Setting the nationwide standard in pediatric care for over 40 years.

Children of Bellevue established the Child Life Department at Bellevue Hospital in the early 1970s and has a wider scope than most Child Life Programs, including child psychiatry and child developmental programs not typically under the purview of Child Life. The American Academy of Pediatrics now calls Child Life services an essential component of pediatric care.

Our Child Life Specialists help young patients and their families cope with the stress, pain, and fear associated with illness, medical treatment, and hospitalization. They also play a vital role in educating providers, administrators, and the general public about how children and adolescents respond to these emotions.