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Happiness leads to health – that’s the thought that fuels Batson Children’s Hospital child life and hospital school.

Celebrating patients’ birthdays, offering opportunities for play and learning, helping parents and siblings understand and cope with children’s hospital stays – those are all part of a child life specialist’s day.

At Batson Children’s Hospital, child life includes a hospital school that keeps patients up-to-date with lessons as well as specialists who help young patients understand their treatment. These specialists encourage habits that promote healing and provide motivation, distraction and development opportunities through play. To brighten patients’ days, child life also schedules special visits from the likes of college football teams and mascots, Miss Mississippi and even Mickey Mouse.

While child life specialists focus on patients, children’s family members are also included in the spectrum of care.