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Child Life Specialist at St. Luke's Hospital

Children today confront a wide variety of stressful and potentially traumatic events that may overwhelm their natural ability to cope and heal. Because children process information from the world around them much differently than adults, they have distinct needs for managing the effects of stress and trauma. Child life specialists are professionals trained to work with children and their families in medical settings and help ease the stress of hospitalization and healthcare experiences.

Educational Background

Child life specialists have earned a bachelor's or master's degree with an educational emphasis on human growth and development, education, psychology, or a related field of study. All Certified Child Life Specialists must complete a supervised clinical internship, pass an examination, and adhere to standards for continuing professional development in order to maintain their certification

The goals of the Child Life Program

  • Create a child-friendly, family centered environment
  • Minimize anxiety and stress through emotional support, medical preparation, coping interventions, and therapeutic play opportunities
  • Provide consultation and intervention services to the health care team regarding child development and the impact of illness, injury and hospitalization on children and families.
  • Encourage and enable parent and family involvement.

Frequently Asked Questions

My child will be coming to the hospital for a procedure and is scared. Can I contact you?

Yes, please leave a message on the office number and I will call you back as soon as I can. Together we will develop a coping plan to help your child get through this experience.

I'd like to make a donation for the pediatric patients. How can I do that?

Please leave a message on the child life office phone and we can discuss the options when I return your call.


Child Life Council:

Kara W. Levoshko MS, CCLS
Child Life Specialist
Office: 508-973-5637

101 Page Street
New Bedford, MA 02740

Child Life Office: St. Luke's Hospital. 3rd Floor - Room 350

Hours of operation:
Monday 8 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Tues & Wed 8 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Thursday 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Friday 10 a.m.-8 p.m.

*Presently, the child life specialist is covering the inpatient pediatric unit and the emergency department but is available by pager to other areas of the hospital who may have pediatric patients.

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