Little Batman

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

Mel Schemer 
Emergency Department                                                                              
Email Melissa Schemer
Phone: (757) 668-7178
Lauren Babashanian
Email Lauren
Phone: (757) 668-6912
Traci Maye
Email Traci
Phone: (757) 668-6970
Kristi Logg 
Email Kristi
Phone: (757) 668-6921
Haley Edwards 
Email Haley
Phone: (757) 668-7994
Kaitlynn Lewis
Cancer and Blood Disorders
Email Kaitlynn
Phone: (757) 668-6754
Shannon Hood
Rehab | Neuroscience
Email Shannon
Phone: (757) 668-9528

Sherry Brooks 
Office Coordinator
Email Sherry 
Phone: (757) 668-7327
Kristina Finch
Email Kristina
Phone: (757) 668-6810
Elizabeth Bowman 
Emergency Department                                                                             
Email Elizabeth
Phone: (757) 668-6941
Krystian Hudson 
Day Surgery/PACU                                   
Email Krystian
Phone: (757) 668-9032
Patricia R Taylor
Child life assistant
Email Patricia
Phone: (757) 668-8129
Amber Dallas
Child life assistant
Email Amber
Phone: (757) 668-8129
Pre-Surgical Tour
Tuesdays: 4, 5 and 6 p.m.
Email Krystian
Phone: (757) 668-6748
Chris Byrd
Music Therapist
Email Chris

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

Welcome to CHKD

Print Our Coloring Book

 Patients can print our 16-page coloring book at home and learn more about their upcoming surgery while having fun, so break out the crayons!