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Child Life Program

UNM Children’s Hospital’s Child Life program – the largest of its kind in New Mexico – focuses on the psychosocial needs of patients and collaborates with parents to provide activities, entertainment, special events, pet therapy, and fun! Children and families enjoy the indoor child life playroom with games, musical instruments, toys, books, crafts and a cooking area at UNM Children’s Hospital. Patients and their siblings can also visit Pete’s Playground, an outdoor area on the hospital roof that’s designed to accommodate children with physical limitations. Named after former hospital patient Peter Blueher, the playground provides a peaceful setting with mountain views. The team of child life certified specialists and professionals work with doctors, nurses, social workers, physical therapists and other experts to meet each families emotional, developmental, and cultural needs. They also help prepare young patients for medical procedures and can support and provide distractions during medical treatments, all while making sure families are well informed by offering advocacy and guidance. You can count on them to provide age-appropriate education and preparation that improve your family’s health care experience and support child development.