The Child Life Department at Dell Children’s Medical Center is staffed by professionally trained individuals who help to reduce the stress and anxiety that children and their families may encounter as a result of illness, injury and hospitalization. Aiming to create a more positive learning experience, child life staff work closely with the entire care team on every inpatient unit and in outpatient areas to provide the highest quality care for children of all ages.
In lieu of its typical group events, the Child Life team at Dell Children’s has been challenged to provide alternative fun activities that allow for social distancing to normalize the hospital environment during this unprecedented time. Child Life is utilizing Dell Children’s CCTV channel to create and broadcast interactive programming each day for patients and families can participate in.
Dell Children’s CCTV programming recently featured the All Age Music Group, starring Music Therapists Whitney Hewlett and Nicole Valerioti, and Dinosaur Bingo hosted by Chief Nursing Officer Elizabeth Fredeboelling. Patients were able to call in and make requests for what they wanted to hear next or announce that they won B‐I‐N‐G‐O from their rooms.