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Research Shows:
Children who are prepared for medical procedures experience less fear and anxiety, and will have better long term adjustment to medical challenges. 
Children in the hospital who engage in therapeutic play with a trained professional exhibit less emotional distress, increased cooperation and fewer negative physiological responses. 
Child life interventions can increase cooperation and help to reduce procedural and post-procedural pain. 

Providing support for family members enhances psychosocial outcomes for young Patients. A parent or Caregiver’s behavior and anxiety levels are strongly correlated with how a child will respond to hospitalization. 

Information provided by the Child Life Association