Social Workers

Social workers assist Texas Children's Cancer Center and Hematology Service patients and their families with nonmedical and emotional needs. Our social workers are trained specifically to the patient's diagnosis and are also part of the patient's treatment team. All of our social workers are Licensed Master Social Workers (L.M.S.W.).

This group of professionals assists patients and their families in adapting to a chronic illness or extended hospitalization, and facilitates the optimal utilization of health care services and community resources, such as financial help and work or school issues. Social workers are sensitive to social issues, such as safety concerns or the need to assess the ability to care for the patient away from the hospital.

More information about resources is available at the SHARE Desk in the clinic.

Child Life Services

Child Life Specialists aid patients at Texas Children’s Cancer Center and Hematology Center by reducing the stress and anxiety that many children experience in hospital and healthcare settings.  Although children commonly experience psychosocial upset during and after these experiences, these responses can be modified through intervention in the form of child life services. Child life programs can reduce the stress experienced by children and families and enhance their abilities to cope effectively with and gain from potentially stressful situations. Knowledge and application of foundations in theories of child development, play, stress and coping, and family systems are the basis for child life practice.  In addition, Child Life Specialists collaborate with members of the interdisciplinary team, including doctors, nurses, mental health professionals, social workers, and other representatives from pediatric disciplines.

Child life programs in health care settings promote optimum development of children and their families, to maintain normal living patterns and to minimize psychological trauma. Typically, child life professionals (1) supervise therapeutic medical and diversional play; (2) prepare children for and assist children during medical tests and procedures through education, rehearsal, and coping skill development; and (3) support families during hospitalization or challenging events. Child life professionals support a philosophy of "family centered care" in healthcare facilities.

 

Child life Services Include:

  • Developmentally appropriate preparation for tests, surgeries, and other procedures.
  • Diagnosis education
  • Medical play using teaching dolls, stuffed animals and medical equipment.
  • Support for siblings who are also affected by a child’s illness or trauma.
  • Support for grief and bereavement concerns.
  • School re-entry program


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