Our certified child life specialist is available to help infants, children, youth, and families cope with the stress and uncertainty of illness, injury and treatment. Child life specialists provide evidence-based, developmentally-appropriate interventions to reduce fear, anxiety and pain during health care experiences. The child life specialist at Castleview Hospital can help children and families in the following ways:

  • Prepare a child for a medical procedure using developmentally appropriate teaching techniques and play.
  • Ease a child’s nervousness, anxiety, and fear by teaching coping techniques, engaging a child in therapeutic play activities, and providing outlets for healthy expression of feelings.
  • Encourage cooperation by helping a child understand a medical procedure or medical diagnosis in child-friendly terms.
  • Provide distraction, breathing techniques, or guided imagery to help with pain management.
  • Advocate for family-centered care and help families understand their role in the treatment and healing process.
  • Provide developmentally appropriate play experiences to normalize the hospital environment and help kids be kids. 
  • Assist a child’s sibling, or the child of an adult patient to cope with the experiences in the hospital.
  • Conduct hospital tours

Pre-OP Prep!

Pediatric Surgery Tour and Class:

Every Tuesday from 5:00-6:00pm

Castleview’s Pre-Op Prep is a free class and tour for children ages 2-12 who are scheduled to have surgery or dental sedation. During class, children and parents will:

  • Engage in a healthcare play activity to familiarize the child with the sights, and sounds of the hospital.
  • Go on a guided tour of areas in the hospital that the child will see the day of surgery.
  • Have an opportunity to ask questions and talk about their specific concerns about surgery with Castleview’s child life specialist.  

Click HERE to schedule a class online, or call 435-636-4847.

Field Trips and Group Hospital Tours

Interested in bringing your class or youth group to the hospital for a tour?

Click HERE to schedule a tour!