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Child Life

The Child Life Department at Shannon Medical Center assists infants, children, youth, and their families in coping with the stress of the healthcare setting, trauma, and illness through the provision of developmentally appropriate interventions such as education, preparation, play, and psycho-social support in order to facilitate healing and coping while reducing fear, anxiety and pain.

A Child Life Specialist assists pediatric patients with the stress of illness, injury, or treatment by providing education, play, emotional support, and opportunities for self-expression.

Elizabeth Bailey BSN, RN, NPD-BC, CCLS, has over 25 years of experience in healthcare. She received her certification as a Nurse of Professional Development and is a Certified Child Life Specialist.

Hear Elizabeth share more about Child Life Services at Shannon.

Our Child Life Specialist, Elizabeth Bailey, can be contacted at 325.481.6198 or

Resources for Parents

Supporting Your Child During COVID19 Nasal Swab Testing Source: Source: Mayo Clinic

How to Help Your Child at the Doctor's Office

Examples of Comfort Positions

Tips on How to Support Your Child Having Surgery

How to Support Your Child in the Hospital through Development Stages

Information on Developmental Milestones

Information on Supporting During and After Hospitalization

Information on and Identifying Medical Trauma

Helping Children Involved in Traumatic Events

How to Help When a Grownup Has Cancer

How to Help Your Child During Medical Procedures Source: University of Iowa Stead Family Children's Hospital

Information on Grief

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