Child Life Services

Child life department at the Children’s Cancer Center of Lebanon (CCCL) is created to help children and their families navigate the emotionally and physically challenging process of coping with hospitalization.

  • Child life specialists at the CCCL use their knowledge of child development and developmentally appropriate interventions to educate, prepare and support children through difficult tests, procedures and -the sometimes drastic- changes that happen within their families due to chronic or acute illness, treatment and recovery.

    As part of the health care team, child life professionals advocate for the special needs of children and their families. Child life programs provide children with opportunities to engage in normal play and recreational activities that promote growth, development and feelings of success and fulfillment.

    Child life professionals promote the role of parents and other family members as full partners of the health care team and promote the philosophy of patient- and family-centered care.
  • Some of our services for patients include:
    • Prepare patients for medical procedures, using age-specific teaching tools such as models, dolls, medical equipment and pictures
    • Provide support during medical procedures
    • Help children develop strategies such as imagery, distraction and relaxation to reduce anxiety
    • Educational Support Program for hospitalized children in the inpatient and outpatient facilities
    • Play rooms
    • Art Therapy
    • Story telling
    • Clowning Program
    • Visits from community groups and celebrities
    • Other age-appropriate activities
    • Sibling Support

    Our Staff
    Child life staff members assist both outpatients and hospitalized inpatients. Our staff is mainly composed of:
    Child Life Specialist — Child life specialists is trained in working with children and adolescents in medical settings. She is professionally certified and educated at the graduate level in child development.

    Social worker — An expert social worker who refers families to governmental and non -governmental social organizations according to their social needs.

    School Teachers — Our school teachers are professional experienced teachers with certified degrees in different aspects of education. They coordinate with each child's school to ensure class requirements are met while the child is in the hospital.

    Volunteers — Volunteers, who are trained by Child Life staff, help supervise play spaces and spend time with children when parents take a break. Whether playing a board game, reading a book aloud or holding a baby, our volunteers help kids feel like kids. Parents or staff can request a volunteer through Child Life. See more information about our volunteer program.
  • Child life staff members assist both outpatients and hospitalized inpatients. Our staff is mainly composed of:

    Child Life Specialist – Child life specialists is trained in working with children and adolescents in medical settings. She is professionally certified and educated at the graduate level in child development.

    Social worker – An expert social worker who refers families to governmental and non -governmental social organizations according to their social needs.

    School Teachers – Our school teachers are professional experienced teachers with certified degrees in different aspects of education. They coordinate with each child's school to ensure class requirements are met while the child is in the hospital.

    Volunteers – Volunteers, who are trained by Child Life staff, help supervise play spaces and spend time with children when parents take a break. Whether playing a board game, reading a book aloud or holding a baby, our volunteers help kids feel like kids. Parents or staff can request a volunteer through Child Life. See more information about our volunteer program

"Thank you for everyone at CCCL for making my Christmas so special. Thank you for all the efforts you are making!"

Angelina Jolie
December 2004