Sparrow is the only hospital in mid-Michigan to offer a Child Life program, designed to help children and families deal with the stress and anxiety associated with hospitalization.

Child Life specialists provide developmentally appropriate play activities, education and emotional support. Play activities include medical play that encourages communication of feelings and comfort with medical equipment.

The Child Life Program also offers a surgery orientation for children who are scheduled for surgery at Sparrow. This class, offered every Sunday, is designed to reduce anxiety associated with the future hospitalization and includes a hospital tour and the opportunity for medical play.