The MedStar Georgetown University Hospital Child Life Program provides therapeutic play and recreational activities to support children and families as they cope with illness, hospitalization, and treatment. We are dedicated to helping every child who walks through our doors understand why they are in the hospital, and we hope they walk away a little less scared.
If you have any questions please call 202-444-3037 to contact MedStar Georgetown Child Life. Contact information for a specific Child Life Specialist can be found in our Meet the Team section below.
Click here to learn about the many different opportunities for you to support help the Child Life Program at MedStar Georgetown University Hospital.
Certified Child Life Specialists help to reduce the stress and anxiety that many children experience in hospital and healthcare settings. A Certified Child Life Specialist is a professional who is specially trained to help children and their families understand and manage challenging life events and stressful healthcare experiences. They are skilled in providing developmental, educational, and therapeutic interventions for children and their families under stress.
Together, with your family and your health care team, the role of the Certified Child Life Specialist is to:
Kathleen Wallace, CCLS
Child Life Coordinator
General Pediatrics, Hematolgy/Oncology
Pediatric Procedural Sedation
Email: [email protected]
There are ways that you, as parents, can prepare your child for a hospital stay.
Familiar objects from home may be comforting for children when coming into a new environment.
Wireless is available for our patients and families; bring your laptop and other electronic devices from home.
When a child is hospitalized, one of their biggest concerns may be the fear of falling behind in school. Participating in school activities allows students to keep up with their studies, stay in touch with their peers and focus on something other than their hospitalization. School-related tasks are familiar for most children, and they serve to normalize and humanize an often intimidating, painful and foreign experience.
MedStar Georgetown University Hospital provides a certified teacher to work with hospitalized children while inpatient as well as provide advocacy for students and parents navigating the school systems upon discharge.
The Hospital School Program is generously grant funded by the Albert L. Tucker and Elizabeth T. Tucker Foundation. If you have any questions or are a parent of a chronic patient with school questions, please contact Christine Anninos, Child Life Education Specialist, [email protected].
Founded in 1993, Studio G brings a full range of professional artists—poets, musicians, visual artists, storytellers—to provide a full palette of expressive activities to children hospitalized at MedStar Georgetown. Children unable to join in the group activities may be visited in their rooms.
Studio G artists receive formal instruction in child development, the special needs and concerns of children who are hospitalized, safety issues, communication skills, and the importance of parents, other family members, and friends. This intense training is followed by a supervised internship under the direction of child development professionals and ongoing educational opportunities and support. Because of the program's unique training and internship components, Studio G has captured national and international recognition as a model program.