Certified Child Life Specialists help patients reduce the fear and anxiety that can accompany hospitalization. They do this in many ways, including: providing education on medical procedures and conditions, helping patients to implement coping techniques during medical testing or procedures, offering emotional support, and creating opportunities for normal growth and development.

Services We Provide:

  • Preparation: preparing patients for nursing cares, medical procedures, tests, appointments and surgeries.
  • Procedural Support: providing support and implementing coping techniques with patients during medical encounters.
  • Diagnosis Education: helping patients understand their diagnosis and condition through developmentally appropriate educational interventions
  • Play 
    • Therapeutic Play: engaging patients in therapeutic activities and medical play (guided play experiences involving medical equipment focused around health care themes) to facilitate coping and adjustment to hospitalization
    • Developmental Play: providing play opportunities that promote optimal growth, development and recovery
    • Emotional Support: being a supportive presence for patients and families during the ups and downs of hospitalization.
    • Sibling Support: providing education and emotional support for siblings 

Meet Our Child Life Team

Emily Montag, Child Life Specialist I — She/her

  • BS in Family and Human Services at Towson University
  • MS in Child Life, Administration, and Family Collaboration at Towson University 
  • Internship: Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh 

Jackie Newman, Child Life Specialist I — She/her

  • BS in Psychology and Human Development - at Boston University
  • MS in Child Life at Boston University
  • Internship: Massachusetts Eye and Ear

Kayley Teich, Child Life Specialist I — She/her

  • BS in Family and Human Services at Towson University
  • MS in Child Life, Administration and Family Collaboration at Towson University 
  • Internship: Rush University Medical Center  

Eve Lukowski, Child Life Specialist I — She/her

  • BS in Business Administration at Bucknell University
  • MS in Child Life, Administration and Family Collaboration at Towson University 
  • Internship: Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia

Sherri Williams, PRN Child Life Specialist — She/her

  • BS and MS in Family Studies, Child Life Track at Towson University
  • Internship: MedStar Georgetown University Hospital

Ali Van Eck, Senior Child Life Specialist — She/her

  • BS in Child Development at Appalachian State University
  • Internship: Mount Sinai Kravis Children’s Hospital

Lauren Mahoney, Child Life and Therapeutic Recreation Manager — She/her

  • BS in Child Life at Michigan State University
  • Internship: Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia

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