Child Life Services and Education

Presurgical Preparation

A Child Life Specialist is available to familiarize a patient and his or her family with every aspect of an upcoming operation. To arrange a pre-operative preparation session, call 212-746-9970.

Following the pre-operative preparation visit, please download and complete a pre-operative program evaluation form and fax it to 212-746-8256.

Pain Management

When sedation cannot be used during a procedure, children are taught non-pharmacological pain management techniques so that they can have a sense of mastery over their experience.

Coping Techniques

Child Life Specialists teach children coping techniques, such as deep breathing and comfort holds with their parents, to help them feel more in control of their surroundings.