Child Life and Music Therapy

We know that kids need more than medicine to get well.

Being hospitalized, undergoing testing and receiving treatment are especially challenging for kids. That’s why our team of Certified Child Life Specialists plays an important role in the treatment plan for each child at Holtz Children’s Hospital.

Working individually with each pediatric patient and family, our child life specialists help children feel more comfortable in the hospital and cope with their illness or disease.

Child life specialists are specially trained in child development, pediatric psychological and social support, and therapeutic play. Our team provides children with age-appropriate support, distraction, education and preparation. They strive to decrease stress, normalize the environment and help children develop positive coping techniques.

Holtz Children’s Hospital child life specialists each hold a bachelor’s or master’s degree in child life, child development, education or psychology, and are professional certified and affiliated with the Child Life Council.

Child Life Specialists Offer:

  • Support before, during, and after stressful procedures and events
  • Coping techniques such as distraction, breathing, and relaxation
  • Age-appropriate therapeutic and recreational play
  • Socialization activities with peers in our playrooms and activity rooms
  • Coordination of special events, groups, and visitors
  • On-site support at the pediatric emergency room
  • Sibling emotional support and education about loved ones’ hospitalization
  • Expert consultation for caregivers and medical team members regarding each child’s development
  • Age-appropriate explanations of diagnoses and preparation for procedures

Child Life Specialists Offer:

  • Support before, during, and after stressful procedures and events
  • Coping techniques such as distraction, breathing, and relaxation
  • Age-appropriate therapeutic and recreational play
  • Socialization activities with peers in our playrooms and activity rooms
  • Coordination of special events, groups, and visitors
  • On-site support at the pediatric emergency room
  • Sibling emotional support and education about loved ones’ hospitalization
  • Expert consultation for caregivers and medical team members regarding each child’s development
  • Age-appropriate explanations of diagnoses and preparation for procedures

Music Therapy

The Music Therapy Program is an instrumental part of patient care at Holtz Children’s Hospital.

Music Therapy

The Music Therapy Program is an instrumental part of patient care at Holtz Children’s Hospital.

A reporter doing an interview with a music therapist who is holding a guitar
A reporter doing an interview with a music therapist who is holding a guitar

Children’s Music Therapy

Music therapy is the clinical and evidence-based use of music interventions and techniques, which help our little patients accomplish individualized goals with the support of a board-certified music therapist.

Our music therapists are members of the Holtz Children’s treatment team in inpatient units, and work with each patient and their family to improve their hospital stay and achieve optimal recovery while supporting their emotional needs.

There’s no doubt music is a universal language, which provides medical benefits to all patients, but also has soothing effects on family and medical staff.

Music Therapy Can:

Description

Music Therapy Can:

Provide Procedural Support

Provide procedural support before, during, and after PICC lines, IV placements, burn debridement and dressing changes, lumbar punctures, port access, and other medical interventions.

Develop Coping Skills

Help develop and practice positive coping skills.

Provide Stimulation

Provide healthy and appropriate neurologic stimulation.

Improve Motivation

Improve compliance and motivation during physical and occupational therapy exercises, allowing patients to complete exercises more effectively and efficiently and with less stress, anxiety, and pain.

Decrease Subjective Pain Scores

Significantly decrease subjective pain scores (on average by 59%), leading to decreased use of sedation and analgesics and improved coping.

Provide Emotional Expression

Provide a safe, supportive outlet for emotional expression.

Teach Developmental Skills

Teach, develop, and practice basic developmental skills, such as early academic learning, speech and language, and physical/motor movements.

Aid

Aid in bereavement and end-of-life.

Children’s Play and Activity Rooms

Located throughout Holtz Children’s, these spaces provide opportunities for play, socialization, and normalization.

No medical procedures are allowed in these areas, so children see them as safe places.

Visitors and siblings are welcome, as long as they are accompanied by the patient and supervised by their adult caregiver.

Creative Arts Studio

The LAAIA Creative Arts Studio at Holtz Children’s Hospital, sponsored by the Latin American Association for Insurance Agents provides a space for our patients and families to engage in art, photography, and music. It also boasts a full professional-grade recording studio, in which patients can write, record, and edit their own songs with the music therapy team.

The Infusionarium

Infusions may take place in our Infusionarium, an entertainment center where children can watch movies, do guided meditations, or play games. Immune-compromised children can enjoy the same options via iPads.

CAMP Caregivers

The Creative Arts and Music for Parents (CAMP) Caregivers support group runs every Thursday at the Creative Arts Studio.

Through this group, parents have a chance to step out of their kid’s room, and find healing through creative art projects, music or just connect with other parents going through similar situations. The purpose of the program is to give parents a space for them to focus on self-care, relaxation, and find emotional support.

Support Groups

Children’s Play and Activity Rooms

Located throughout Holtz Children’s, these spaces provide opportunities for play, socialization, and normalization.

No medical procedures are allowed in these areas, so children see them as safe places.

Visitors and siblings are welcome, as long as they are accompanied by the patient and supervised by their adult caregiver.

Creative Arts Studio

The LAAIA Creative Arts Studio at Holtz Children’s Hospital, sponsored by the Latin American Association for Insurance Agents provides a space for our patients and families to engage in art, photography, and music. It also boasts a full professional-grade recording studio, in which patients can write, record, and edit their own songs with the music therapy team.

The Infusionarium

Infusions may take place in our Infusionarium, an entertainment center where children can watch movies, do guided meditations, or play games. Immune-compromised children can enjoy the same options via iPads.

CAMP Caregivers

The Creative Arts and Music for Parents (CAMP) Caregivers support group runs every Thursday at the Creative Arts Studio.

Through this group, parents have a chance to step out of their kid’s room, and find healing through creative art projects, music or just connect with other parents going through similar situations. The purpose of the program is to give parents a space for them to focus on self-care, relaxation, and find emotional support.

Our Highly Specialized Pediatric Physicians

Our world-class physicians, most of whom are faculty at the prestigious University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, provide the latest diagnosis methods, treatments and therapies for virtually every pediatric concern and condition. Whether your child needs routine pediatric checkups, surgery, ongoing care, or life-saving treatment, we’ll connect you with the physician you need.

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