Child Life

Child Life

(757) 668-7327

Being sick or hospitalized is difficult for children. In addition to the physical discomfort of illness, they may feel frightened, confused and overwhelmed. In essence, kids need more than medicine to get well. At CHKD, we understand that.

What is a Child Life Specialist?

Our child life specialists work with patients and families to help children feel more comfortable and more in control of their hospital stay.

Child life specialists help reduce the patients' and families' anxiety and adjust to the hospital experience. Through the use of age-appropriate interventions, they help children understand their illnesses and medical procedures and develop positive coping skills.

Child life assistants encourage play for patients as they learn about their world and how to cope with new experiences. Through play, children can express their feelings and gain a sense of control.

Child Life Team Members

Alicia Stanek
Day Surgery | PACU
Email Alicia
Phone: (757) 668-6892
Lauren Babashanian
7C | Medical Surgical
Email Lauren
Phone: (757) 668-6912
Traci Maye
Emergency Department
Email Traci
Phone: (757) 668-6970
Elizabeth Bowman
Emergency Department
Email Elizabeth
Phone: (757) 668-6928
Haley Brown
Pediatric Intensive Care    
Email Haley
Phone: (757) 668-7994
Kaitlynn Lewis
8B | Hematology/Oncology
Email Kaitlynn
Phone: (757) 668-6919
Shannon Hood
Rehab | NICU
Email Shannon
Phone: (757) 668-9528
Bryan Sellitti
Cancer and Blood Disorders
Email Bryan
Phone: (757) 668-6754
Kristi Logg
Email Kristi
Phone: (757) 668-6921
Kristina Finch
Neurosciences Unit
Email Kristina
Phone: (757) 668-6810
Sherry Brooks
Office Coordinator
Email Sherry
Phone: (757) 668-7327
Lauren Hinerth
Child life assistant
Email Lauren
Phone: (757) 668-8129
Patricia Taylor
Child life assistant
Email Patricia
Phone: (757) 668-8129
Paige Powell
Child life assistant
Email Paige
Phone: (757) 668-8129

Services We Provide

  • Family support to help adjust to the hospital
  • Medical play to become more familiar with the medical equipment and procedures, and encourage expression of feelings
  • Sibling visits to help brothers and sisters understand why their sibling is in the hospital
  • Coordination of special celebrations such as birthdays and holidays
  • Activities to help bridge the gap between home and the hospital
  • Psychological preparation and pre-operation tours to help patients and siblings understand and cope with healthcare experiences
  • Emotional support and coping techniques, such as guided imagery, deep breathing and diversion
  • Activity room and bedside programming to promote normalization to the hospital experience, peer interaction and independence
(757) 668-7327

Donations for the Holidays

CHKD's child life department will be accepting children's gifts for the holidays during the following hours:

  • Saturday, Dec. 2, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
  • Sunday, Dec. 3, 2-4 p.m.
  • Tuesday, Dec. 5, 10 a.m.-noon
  • Thursday, Dec. 7, 4-6 p.m.
  • Saturday, Dec. 9, 10 a.m.-noon
  • Sunday, Dec. 10, 2-4 p.m.
  • Tuesday, Dec. 12, 10 a.m.-noon
  • Thursday, Dec. 14, 4-6 p.m.
  • Saturday, Dec. 16, 10 a.m.-noon
  • Sunday, Dec. 17, 2-4 p.m.
  • Tuesday, Dec. 19, 10 a.m.-noon

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