Child and Family Life Services
As members of your child’s health care team, we work with your child to help him or her better understand, prepare and cope with the BMT process and hospital experience. We also work closely with siblings to help them understand the transplant process and deal with the life changes they experience as a result.
We work with children ranging in age from infancy through adolescence. Our developmentally-appropriate teaching opportunities help patients understand and cope with the BMT process. We provide patients with creative ways to express and explore their feelings and emotions when hospitalized long-term.
- Teaching about the BMT process and transplant day
- Preparation and support for medical procedures
- Therapeutic activities to help reduce a child’s fear and anxiety
- Support and guidance for patients dealing with long-term hospitalization
- Medical play
When a child is going through a transplant, the entire family is affected and a sibling’s world can also drastically change. Child-Family Life Specialists are very involved with siblings during the whole stay, whether they are here in Minnesota or across the country at home. Child-Family Life will assess for siblings needs and coping through BMT, help them understand what is happening to their brother/sister during treatment, and provide you with many tools to keep your family connected while separated during the BMT process.
- To help address the specific needs of siblings, the Child-Family Life Department holds SibShops throughout the school year to support siblings of patients ages 6-12. Sibshops combines information and discussion exercises with games and activities that encourage and facilitate peer support. Participants will meet other siblings, discuss common joys/concerns with their peers, learn how to handle situations they’ll commonly experience, and have FUN!
- Sibshops is held the second Saturday of the month in September, October, November, January, February, March, April and May. You can register your child(ren) by calling the Child-Family Life office at 612-273-3124.
We understand parents and family members are the best source of support and comfort for their child. When all family members feel comfortable and confident in the health care environment, the patient will feel more secure. Child-Family Life provides support for family members through:
- Helping parents understand their child's behavior in the health care setting
- Helping parents learn how to support their child during procedures
- Family activities
- Promoting health through leisure and play
- Helping siblings understand illness and the effect it can have on them
- Connecting and providing resources for outside organizations
Certified Child Life Specialists have a graduate or undergraduate degree in a variety of disciplines related to child development, psychology, education, family studies or therapeutic recreation. In addition, each Certified Child Life Specialists has completed a clinical internship and obtains national certification through the Child Life Council.
Contact Child-Family Life
University of Minnesota Masonic Children's Hospital
Child-Family Life Services
East Building, MB 225
2450 Riverside Avenue
Minneapolis, MN 55455
Amy Feeder, BS, CCLS
Child-Family Life Specialist
Tara Lodermeier, BA, CCLS
Child-Family Life Specialist