Child & Family Life

Hospital experiences are stressful and can be traumatic.

The Child & Family Life Program symbolizes South Nassau’s continued effort to serve our community, facilitate emotional adjustments & promote the health & well-being of children & their families.

Hospital experiences are stressful and can be traumatic. The mission of the Child and Family Life Program is to:

Child & Family Life services are available in many departments throughout the hospital to support patients, families and staff including:

Did you know?
A Child & Family Life Specialist at South Nassau is available to familiarize a child and family with the program, playroom and bedside activities to promote a sense of comfort and well-being.

A Child & Family Life Specialist at South Nassau is available to offer a child developmentally appropriate toys, games and art materials to normalize the healthcare experience.

A Child & Family Life Specialist at South Nassau is available to provide creative arts therapies & therapeutic play experiences to prepare a child for a procedure & to foster expression of feelings related to healthcare encounters.

A Child & Family Life Specialist at South Nassau is available to provide education, resources and emotional support for a child, siblings and family members to minimize the stress and anxiety that often accompanies healthcare experiences.

A Child & Family Life Specialist at South Nassau encourages positive coping skills, teaches relaxation techniques and offers distraction activities to facilitate a child’s adjustment to the healthcare experience.

A Child & Family Life Specialist at South Nassau advocates for children and focuses on family-centered care.

For more information, contact Kerri Wagner, MA, Child & Family Life Specialist at (516) 632-4779/3951.