Child life specialists are trained professionals with expertise in helping children and their families overcome life’s most challenging events.  They do this through play, preparation, and education. The child life program at Almost Home Kids at OSF HealthCare Children’s Hospital of Illinois is an integral part of the overall care and well-being of each child that comes to Almost Home Kids. By facilitating play opportunities, at the bedside and in playrooms, their continued growth and development is greatly enhanced.

The sisters have generously donated an interactive robotic seal to the Child life program at Almost Home Kids!  This gift has been found to reduce patient stress, stimulate interaction between patients and caregivers, improve patients’ relaxation and motivation and improve the socialization of patients with each other and with caregivers

It moves, makes noise, and responds to voices.  It is really cute and Ben loves it!

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