Rush Children’s Hospital

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1725 W Harrison St # 264

United States

The Child Life Program at Rush Children’s Hospital in Chicago, Illinois, a component of Rush University Medical Center, focuses on the emotional and developmental well-being of hospitalized children and their families. Hospitalization interrupts a child’s normal life. Illness, confinement, and painful medical treatment can be very frightening and confusing to children. When children are seriously ill, they may become more dependent on their parents, lose their self-esteem, and miss out on many learning opportunities. All of this can jeopardize a child’s physical, emotional, and intellectual growth. Through therapeutic play, art, and other forms of communication, our program strives to help children and families cope with the difficult experience of being in a hospital.

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