Child Life

Child life specialist with child, photo

Child Life Specialists at University of Iowa Stead Family Children’s Hospital focus on meeting the emotional and developmental needs of children who are in a health care setting.

For a child, the excessive anxiety and stress related to illness, separation from family during hospitalization, and medical encounters can be emotionally damaging and interfere with the child's response to medical treatment and care. Major interruptions in a child's life can invite dependency and erode self-esteem and may jeopardize the child's growth and development.

Through the use of play and other forms of communication, a Child Life Specialist helps reduce the stress and enable children and families to cope with these experiences.

General Schedule of Child Life Event Event and Activities

  Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday
10 a.m.   Morning Show Morning Show Morning Show Morning Show Morning Show  
10:30 a.m.   Story Time Story Time Story Time Story Time Story Time  
2:30 p.m. Child Life Bingo Zoom Guests Music Therapy Child Life Bingo Cooking or Art Student-led Activity Game Day
6 p.m.     Teens Only Dance Marathon Zoom Art for Kids    

Perky Vision is on channel 129

To access Perky Vision

On tablet: Entertainment > Hospital Channels > Perky Vision or Channel 129 on the Parent TV

Email ChildLifeTV@healthcare.uiowa.edu to share artwork, give feedback, or choose the next activity!

Child Life Videos

From the kids at University of Iowa Stead Family Children’s Hospital to all of our friends and supporters: Thank you.

Patient Stories

Locations and Contact

  • UI Stead Family Children's Hospital
    22130-C
    200 Hawkins Drive
    Iowa City, Iowa 52242
    Parking:

    Ramp 2

    For more information contact:

    Racheal Niensteadt, BS, CCLS
    Manager, Child Life Program
    Phone: 1-319-356-4469
    Email: racheal-niensteadt@uiowa.edu

    In House Directions: Public Elevators, Level 2