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Pediatric Support Services

Caring for the whole person

knight and princess imageWe know that care often happens beyond the bedside.

Part of helping kids get better is making sure they receive plenty of support along the way. Our pediatric team offers caring services to meet kids' social and emotional needs as they heal.
  • Managing chronic illness
    We help families manage a child's chronic illness, such as cancer, cystic fibrosis, diabetes or heart disease. Sometimes these conditions require care for months, years or a lifetime. So we created an innovative, comprehensive program called KU Kids Healing Place. From the moment of diagnosis, we help you manage your child's and family's day-to-day experiences. This includes educational, social, spiritual, psychological and financial needs. 
  • Transitional care
    As children reach adulthood, we will help them transition into the care of a physician who cares for adult patients. We offer comprehensive services in multiple specialties so children receive the care they need as they get older. 
  • Therapies in the hospital
    When children stay in the hospital, they are visited by our child life specialist, who helps make their stay a better one through educational activities and therapeutic play. Activities include arts and crafts, games and movies. Our music therapist helps children cope with their conditions by singing, dancing, playing instruments and writing lyrics as part of creative therapy. 
  • Wellness and prevention
    These programs help kids and families encourage healthy lifestyles by promoting weight management, exercise and routine care.
    • Our Healthy Hawks team helps children and their families manage their weight with diet, exercise and education. 
    • Through the national Reach Out and Read program, we promote early literacy skills by making books and reading part of our patients' healthcare experience. 
  • Language services
    We know how important it is for you to communicate about your child's needs. Many of our doctors and clinic staff are bilingual and speak fluent Spanish, and we accommodate dozens of languages in our clinics and at the hospital.