Our Child Life Specialists embody the spirit of Inova. They provide high quality, critical support for our pediatric patients and their families during hospital stays or outpatient procedures. Certified Child Life Specialists are experts in child development. They promote effective coping through play, provide procedural preparation, medical and therapeutic play, sibling support and education, as well as bereavement support and community education. Philanthropy allows Inova to provide Child Life Specialists throughout the system – including the Outpatient Surgical Department, Emergency Department, Radiology, and our Inpatient Pediatric Units – ensuring children and families understand the medical procedures they are having and that their stay is one filled with the everyday joys of childhood.