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Sibling Support

The hospitalization of a patient can be unexpected, traumatic and sometimes frightening for family members. In addition to providing psychosocial and developmental support to patients, the Child Life specialists AND Creative Art Therapists at Cohen Children's Medical Center also help siblings of various ages understand and cope with the hospitalization of a family member.

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Cohen Children's Medical Center also recommends many books that can help make the hospital experience less frightening.

General Hospital Books

Franklin Goes to the Hospital
By Sharon Jennings
Age group(s): Preschool

Going to the Hospital
By Fred Rogers
Age group(s): Preschool

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Applicant Requirements

Prior volunteer work of at least 100 hours under the supervision of a child life specialist is required by the time of the application.  This requirement provides necessary insight into the field of Child Life.  Your volunteer experience confirms your dedication to Child Life before committing to a full-time internship, while also providing you with important skills and an increased comfort level in the hospital setting. Child Life practicum hours are considered an acceptable substitution for the volunteer hours requirement.

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