Child Life Program

When young children or teens are hospitalized, they may face difficult and potentially stressful events that can affect their ability to cope. Our certified child life specialists at The Herman & Walter Samuelson Children’s Hospital at Sinai help patients cope with their hospitalization by providing developmentally appropriate interventions that reduce stress and normalize their experience, such as therapeutic play, procedural preparation and age-appropriate education.

The goals of the Child Life Program are to:

  • Encourage optimal development of children facing a broad range of challenging experiences
  • Educate patients and families and reduce their stress and anxiety
  • Provide normal or home-like activities and experiences as needed for growth and development
  • Create opportunities for children to express their feelings and bolster their self-esteem and independence
  • Provide emotional support for families

The Child Life Program operates seven days a week including evenings and holidays.

Meet Our Team

Child Life Staff

Areas Served

  • Pediatric Inpatient Unit and Pediatric Intensive Care Unit
  • Hematology/Oncology Outpatient Clinic
  • Children’s Diagnostic Center
  • Gastroenterology Diagnostic Center
  • Emergency Department
  • Surgery Center
  • Radiology

Contact Child Life

Phone: 410-601-5863

Learn more about Child Life

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Donate to Child Life

Thank you for your interest in supporting the children and teens at the Herman & Walter Samuelson Children’s Hospital at Sinai, and the Child Life and Creative Arts program. It is with gifts like yours that we can continue to bring extra joy into our patients’ lives.

In-kind donations:

Monetary donations:

Volunteer with Child Life

Please email for more information.

Samuelson Children’s Hospital Child Life Practicum Application

Attention: The Herman and Walter Samuelson Children's Hospital at Sinai will be collaborating with Towson University for the Summer 2022 and Fall 2022 practicum sessions. If you are not a Towson Student and wish to apply for our practicum program, please check the website after the fall 2022 session for more information.

View the Samuelson Children’s Hospital Child Life Practicum Application

For any questions about donating from our Amazon Wish List, please contact Laura Cerulli at or at 410-601-1031.