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Child life department at Shriners Hospitals for Children — Boston

Helping children cope and heal by integrating play and activities into treatment

At Shriners Hospitals for Children – Boston child life specialists are part of the multidisciplinary team providing patients with the best, most comfortable care possible. We sat down with Hillary Smith, senior child life specialist at the Boston Shriners Hospital to learn a little bit about what a child life specialist does. While it may all seem like fun and games (and it is!) our specialists use play to help patients recover and to reach important therapeutic goals. Child life is a special department and not every pediatric hospital is lucky enough to have these talented professionals on staff to help patients and families find tiny moments of laughter and joy during otherwise very difficult days.  

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