Overview

Child Life Specialists are an integral part of a health care team. As a multidisciplinary team member, our specialists collaborate with nurses, physicians, parents, social workers and teachers to provide quality care. At Kravis Children’s hospital, our Child Life Specialists are available to provide developmentally appropriate information and instruction related to illness or a procedure in addition to bedside and playroom activities that ease the hospital experience.

Kravis Children’s Hospital at Mount Sinai offers a number of family-focused services, programs and activities specially tailored to assist you and your child before and during a hospital stay.

The Zone
A state-of-the-art environment offering a range of activities and opportunities to meet the special needs of children coping with illness and hospitalization

Kravis Children’s Hospital at Mount Sinai is home to two unique video production programs for children—the first of a kind in a children’s hospital:

KidZone TV
The first live, interactive Broadcast Studio in a children's hospital, producing live programming to pediatric patients who are restricted to their hospital rooms.

Child Life & Creative Arts Therapy
Professional staff helps young patients and their families cope with the hospital experience

Educational Services
Patients in grades K-12 are eligible for school instruction taught by a certified teacher; contact Child Life for more information about your child’s eligibility for this program: 212-241-6797

Family Resource Center and Medical Librarian
Created especially for the families of pediatric inpatients, it provides access print and online information about health, parenting, or it can be a place to relax

Meet Me at Mount Sinai
Designed to prepare pediatric patients and their families for ambulatory and inpatient surgery

Parent Sharing
Provides support programs and activities for parents of newborns in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit

Pediatric Chaplaincy Program 
Our pediatric chaplain is available to meet with any patient or family member, regardless of faith or religious backgrounds; call Child Life for information 212-241-6797.

Pediatric Social Work Services
Works collaboratively with related Mount Sinai program professionals coordinating inpatient and outpatient services for pediatric patients and their families

Through Our Eyes Productions
An innovative video production group in which young patients document their own experiences dealing with chronic illness and various medical interventions, including hospitalization.

Inpatient Activities

Children can participate in the following activities made available by the Child Life Therapy & Creative Arts Program.

Preparatory Play
Through hands-on experience, educational play and relaxation techniques, Mount Sinai Child Life Specialists instruct young patients about different aspects of their hospitalization, including upcoming treatments and procedures.

Group Activities 
To help youngsters socialize with peers and serve to normalize the hospital experience, we conduct daily weekday activity groups in the activity rooms.

Bedside Activities
Child Life Specialists work closely with children who are confined to bed. These specialists assess each child's needs for appropriate activities and experiences, and design programs to meet those needs.

Additionally, children and families may participate in these activities:

  • The Andrew Baeumler Pediatric Technology and Computer Program
  • Creative Arts Therapies
  • Digital Movie Network
  • Knitting Program
  • Massage Therapist
  • Meditation/Yoga/Infant Massage instructors
  • Pet Assisted Therapy
  • Special Activities/Events/Entertainers

Contact Us

For information or to arrange a tour:
Tel: 212-241-6797