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Big machines. Long hallways. Uncomfortable tests. Lots of people. From a child's perspective, any hospital can be an intimidating place. But at Janet Weis Children's Hospital in Danville, a very special group of people teach children about what to expect during a hospital visit. Here, certified child life specialists make sure that your child feels as safe, comfortable and knowledgeable as possible.

How we help

Child life specialists help your child and family members understand what a test or procedure involves. We also explain the illness or injury in ways a child can understand. Child life specialists also help in many other ways, including:

  • Provide therapeutic and medical play to help children understand medical concepts
  • Help children cope with pain and anxiety
  • Speak to children in a language they will understand
  • Help make your child's hospital stay as normal as possible, including celebrating milestones such as birthdays or last day of chemotherapy
  • Distract and provide diversional activities such as toys, games, and arts and crafts to maximize coping
  • Help siblings and other family members understand medical conditions/hospitalization
  • Provide pre-procedural or hospitalization teaching to help children increase their familiarity
  • Provide opportunities for special activities to normalize environment such as entertainment visitors, playroom activities, Tender Paws Pet Therapy visits, concerts, magic shows and movie showings.

Where We Work

Child life specialists work in many areas of the hospital including:

  • Pediatric Intensive Care Unit
  • Pediatric Orthopaedics
  • Neonatal Intensive Care Unit
  • Foss 3 Pediatric Outpatient Clinic (gastroenterology, hematology/oncology)
  • Children's 2 Inpatient Floor
  • Children's 3 Inpatient Floor
  • Geisinger Wyoming Valley Janet Weis Children's Hospital
  • Playroom
  • Pre-operative/Same Day Surgery
  • Cystic Fibrosis Clinic
  • Pediatric Sedation Team

How to Contact Us

Call Christine Coakley, child life administrative secretary at 570.271.5661.