The Child Life Program at Children’s of Alabama recognizes that illness and hospitalization are stressful events in the lives of children and their families. By using age appropriate education, preparation and supportive activities, we strive to minimize that stress and help children and their families cope positively with their healthcare experience.
Child Life Specialists are part of the health care team. They are professionally trained in understanding and meeting the unique needs of children and teens in the healthcare environment. All Child Life Specialists are required to have a minimum of a bachelor’s degree in child life, child development, child and family studies or related field. The Child Life Council provides professional certification for Child Life Specialists (CLS).
Familiar and fun activities can help children feel less anxious about their fears and concerns related to unfamiliar surroundings, people and events. Our inpatient activity rooms provide toys, games, art, books, movies and music to help children feel more comfortable while in the hospital. We offer age-appropriate activity rooms including an infant/toddler room, a school-age room, and a teen room.
Our Child Life Assistants supervise the activity rooms while facilitating group and individual activities. Our Child Life Assistants also provide age-appropriate activities for patients at bedside.
Activity Centers are located on 9 Harbert.
Infant and Toddler (ages 0-4)—205-638-9276
School-age (ages 5-11)—205-638-9886
Teen (ages 12 and up)—205-638-6840
And 5 Dearth (All ages) —205-638-2448
Our Child Life Team works to help children and families cope with the stress and uncertainty of illness, injury, disability, and hospitalization by:
Children’s of Alabama
Department of Family Services
Child Life Program
1600 7th Avenue South
Birmingham, AL 35233