Who You'll Meet
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You just never know who will pop in to say hello.
When your child visits Florida Hospital for Children, he or she will be greeted by some very special friends. From our very own Adventure Guide to some well-known celebrities, you never know who may stop by to say hello, and perhaps even play a game or two.
Child Life Specialists – Play with Purpose
Play is an essential part of a child’s health and recovery. To help create a sense of normalcy and to reduce stress, we have a team of Child Life Specialists. Whose role is to make children feel at ease, help them acclimate to their surroundings, explain all the procedures and therapies in clear and understandable terms, and see to it that their emotional and psychosocial needs are met while they are here.
During your time here at our hospital you are bound to run into our very own Adventure Guide, who is always ready to take you on a tour, show you some of the very special places we have at the hospital and answer any questions you may have. And you just never know when our Adventure Guide will burst into song with his ever-present ukulele --a unique instrument in the guitar family-- tell you fantastic tall tales or play games.
Every physician at our hospital has not only been selected for their expertise in pediatric medicine but also their bedside manner. They know that a hospital can be an intimidating place and they will help put you and your child at ease while providing the legendary care that Florida Hospital for Children is known for. Best of all, our entire team, from our doctors to our nurses and specialists, work together as a team in a highly collaborative environment. Learn more about our doctors.
Music and Pet Therapy
To promote healing—physically, mentally and spiritually—we have a couple of special therapy programs our patients and their families love. Our music therapists use live music to help our children heal, allowing them to reach their physiological, emotional, social and cognitive goals. This includes the use of music for progressive muscle relaxation, improvisation and guided imagery. Our pet therapy program lets our patients visit our volunteer pets. These are certified therapy pets who love children. We also have Murray, our resident service dog, who can visit patients and assist with coping.
A Cast of Characters
As you will quickly discover, the magic of Disney is everywhere in our hospital. This includes our visitors, some of whom you may know very well. You never know who may stop in to see you, whether it is the baseball star Ken Griffey, Jr., basketball guru Dwight Howard, World Golf Hall-of-famer Annika Sorenstam, other members of the Orlando Magic or even an occasional astronaut. Plus, you will see some of your favorite Disney characters, including Cinderella, Peter Pan, and of course, Mickey and Minnie Mouse. We are honored to have these very special guests stop by to brighten the day of our patients and their families. Don’t forget to bring your autograph book along!