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Child Life Program at Hendrick Medical Center

Child life specialists provide psycho-social and emotional support for children and their families to promote a positive experience and nurture your child’s growth and development. They also play a vital role in educating not only children but their family’s caregivers, administrators, and the general public about the needs of children under stress.

Our goal at Hendrick Children's Hospital at Hendrick Medical Center is to make hospitalization a positive and less stressful experience. Our pediatric unit features a floor plan with a large playroom, a teen room, and an outside terrace.

How Child Life Can Help Your Child

  • Preparation and support before, during, and after medical procedures
  • Developmentally appropriate play to aid child expression and normalize the hospital setting
  • Introduce effective coping strategies for self-regulation
  • Sibling support and education
  • Parent education on child development
  • Provide resources in the community to children and families

Areas of Service

  • Pediatric Floor
  • Nursery
  • Pre-Op
  • Labor & Delivery
  • Emergency Department
  • Adult Critical Care Unit
  • Adult Oncology Floor - Parker 7

If you would like any more information about Hendrick Children’s Hospital or our Child Life Program, please contact the Child Life Department at 325-670-5951.

Child Life Wish List

Thank you for your interest in giving to the children and teens hospitalized at Hendrick Children’s Hospital. A hospital stay is a stressful and difficult time for children and their families. To meet the needs of all patients and families, we ask that any donated items be appropriate for all ages and medical conditions. Donations and gifts are used throughout the hospital for patients, infants to teenagers. All donated items must be new, and toys must be washable (plastic, wood).

Arts and Crafts

  • Art Kits
  • Craft Kits
  • Crayons (8 & 24 Count)
  • Elmer’s Glue
  • Jewelry Making Kits
  • Stickers


  • “I Spy” Books
  • Blank Journals
  • Coloring Books
  • Hardback Picture Books
  • Sound Books
  • Teen Fiction Books


  • Board Games (Toddler - Teenager)
  • Puzzles (Toddler – Teenager)
  • Card Games


  • Action Figures
  • Barbie
  • Bubbles
  • Stuffed Animals
  • Doctor Kits with Travel Bag
  • Dolls
  • Dress Up Clothes
  • Fisher Price Little People
  • Lego Kit
  • Light-Up Toys
  • Matchbox Cars
  • Musical Toys
  • Play-Doh
  • Pretend Food
  • Rattles
  • Shape Sorter
  • Sports Balls
  • Stacking Rings
  • Teethers
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