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Child Life Services

The Child Life Program at Goryeb Children’s Hospital at Morristown Medical Center and Goryeb Children’s Center at Overlook Medical Center helps children, teenagers and their families cope with the stress of a hospital experience. Our child life specialists provide developmental, educational, and therapeutic interventions, such as music therapy, tutoring, playroom activities and outpatient services, as well as psychosocial assessments of critical care and emergency room pediatric patients.

Music Therapy

Music therapy may improve relaxation, mood and comfort; alleviate anxiety and stress; and help with pain management. These benefits are achieved through recorded melodies and live music played by either our board-certified music therapist or our patients. Sessions are offered privately or in groups, and no prior musical experience is necessary.

Tutoring

We work with tutoring company Education Inc., whose tutors help patients staying at our hospitals keep up with their regular classroom curriculum. Every student working with an Education Inc. teacher will receive full attendance credit for each day they complete school work. They assist our student patients not only while they are in the hospital, but also through the transition home or to another facility.

Playroom Activities and Bedside Visits

Our playrooms are places where children and teenagers can relax and have fun. Activities include arts and crafts projects, painting, computer games, books and music. We also provide hospital-related toys, such as child stethoscopes, so that our patients can become more comfortable with medical procedures. For children who are unable to come to the playroom, age appropriate toys and activities can be brought to their individual room.

Additional Services

Our child life specialists also work in the emergency departments at our hospitals, Aresty Family Day Hospital at Morristown Medical Center and Valerie Fund Children’s Centers, providing a variety of services, such as procedural support, educational and recreational activities, and emotional comfort. In addition, they are on call throughout the hospital for children whose family members have chronic and acute illnesses or are trauma victims. They help children understand what is happening to their parent or sibling.

In conjunction with St. Hubert’s Animal Welfare Center and Starlight Children’s Foundation, our child life program also provides weekly visits from therapeutic dogs and Hug-A-Me the Clown to further ease our patients’ hospital experience.

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Morristown Medical Center
100 Madison Avenue
Morristown, NJ 07960
973-971-5000

Overlook Medical Center
99 Beauvoir Avenue
Summit, NJ 07901
908-522-2000

Newton Medical Center
175 High Street
Newton, NJ 07860
973-383-2121

Chilton Medical Center
97 West Parkway
Pompton Plains, NJ 07444
973-831-5000

Hackettstown Medical Center
651 Willow Grove Street
Hackettstown, NJ 07840
908-852-5100

Goryeb Children's Hospital
100 Madison Avenue
Morristown, NJ 07960
973-971-5000

Atlantic Medical Group
1-800-247-9580

Morristown Medical Center

100 Madison Avenue
Morristown, NJ 07960
973-971-5000

Overlook Medical Center

99 Beauvoir Avenue
Summit, NJ 07901
908-522-2000

Newton Medical Center

175 High Street
Newton, NJ 07860
973-383-2121

Chilton Medical Center

97 West Parkway
Pompton Plains, NJ 07444
973-831-5000

Hackettstown Medical Center

651 Willow Grove Street
Hackettstown, NJ 07840
908-852-5100

Goryeb Children's Hospital

100 Madison Avenue
Morristown, NJ 07960
973-971-5000

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Atlantic Medical Group

More than 600 community-based health care providers.
1-800-247-9580