Family Support

Unique child life accreditation

Members of our Child Life and Creative Arts Therapy Department and other compassionate UC Davis Health staff work to minimize trauma and anxiety for our patients and help them continue their growth and development.

Child-life specialists and music and art therapists provide play opportunities, coping strategies, accompaniment during medical interventions, and education to families and staff.

A full-time teacher provides educational services for children during extended stays. Our young patients enjoy regular visits from local athletes, superheroes, and other fun friends.

The department’s internship program was recently granted clinical internship accreditation by the Association of Child Life Professionals (ACLP). UC Davis is the only ACLP-accredited child life internship program in Northern California, and one of three in the state.

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Music therapy for UC Davis Children's Hospital patients

Music therapy for UC Davis Children's Hospital patients