Recreational Therapy and Child Life-Pediatrics
Recreational Therapy is a valued aspect
of the care provided to children receiving inpatient or outpatient
treatment in the
North Carolina Children's Hospital. Based upon an individualized assessment, Recreational Therapists provide treatment services
relaxation and pain management interventions
procedural support to assist patients' coping and compliance during procedures
sensory and developmental stimulation
community re-entry activities
emotional self-regulation skills
Recreational Therapy and Childlife staff
members are licensed Recreational Therapists who have additional
certification as a Child Life Specialist.
Services are provided to patients on each of the inpatient pediatric units, the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit, the Hematology/Oncology Clinic,
and other pediatric areas.
The Child Life Specialist uses the Sigma Sigma Sigma Foundation's Robbie Page Play Atrium, the Jason Clark Teen Activities Center, and the
Charles Goren Music Room to provide a non-threatening and normalized environment that enhances emotional expression, physical activity,
social interaction, adjustment to hospitalization, and healing through play.