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The Child Life Department 

The mission of the Child Life Department at SSM Cardinal Glennon Children's Medical Center is to advocate for the psychosocial, developmental, emotional and educational needs of all our patients and families. We strive to create a supportive environment, while helping empower patients and their families to make decisions affecting their care.

Getting Ready for Your Hospital Visit

What is Child Life?

Meet the Child Life Team

Preparing your child for a hospital stay

What happens when you go for a test

Words you may hear in the hospital

Book resources fo parents

Pet therapy

Hospital playrooms 

Bereavement services


Online Activities and Education for Kids 

Cardinal Glennon Patient Coloring Book

KidsHealth Game Closet: Games and Movies for Kids!

Starlight Children's Foundation Games and Activities

VIDEO: "When your classmate has cancer"

VIDEO: "Same Day Surgery at SSM Cardinal Glennon"



If you are interested in donating to our patients, follow the links below:

Patient Wish List

Starlight Children's Foundation


Groups and Visitors

The Child Life Department is responsible for scheduling outside entertainment and groups for the benefit of our patients. A variety of personalities and organizations generously give of their time to help make our patients' stays a little brighter.

Special Visitor Policy


Volunteer Information

The Child Life Department relies on dedicated volunteers every day. Volunteers are primarily responsible for overseeing the playrooms, visiting patients at the bedside and assisting with scheduled special events.

If you are interested in volunteering with Child Life, follow the link below:

Apply to Be a Volunteer


Internship Information

The Child Life Department at SSM Cardinal Glennon offers an extensive 16-week (640-hour) internship program. We accept one intern for fall (August to December) and one intern for spring (January to May) semester.

Our interns will gain experience with a wide variety of patients. Rotations include: infant/toddler medicine, school-age/adolescent medicine, transitional care, hematology/oncology, dialysis and pediatric intensive care.

We can only accept interns affiliated with a college or university.

Child Life Internship Application


Practicum Information

The purpose of the child life practicum program at SSM Cardinal Glennon Children’s Medical Center is to prepare students for child life internships. This eight week/120 hour practicum is offered in the summer semester, generally during June and July. Practicum students will attend interactive seminars and can expect to gain knowledge while observing and participating in the job duties of certified child life specialists. The practicum consists of two, four week rotations, gaining experience in both inpatient and outpatient settings.

Child Life Practicum Application