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(361) 694-4700


PLAY THERAPY



What is play therapy?


Play therapy is used to help meet the emotional needs of children who have an illness or surgery that requires hospitalization. Being in the hospital is stressful for children and their families. Sometimes, children feel scared, confused, and out of control. Play therapy is used to help children understand and cope with illness, surgery, hospitalization, treatments, and procedures.

What is the goal of play therapy?


The goal of play therapy is to provide a family-centered approach to help your child adjust to hospital care. A child life specialist can help meet the emotional needs of children in the hospital by getting to know your child, giving him/her a chance to express themselves, and allowing him/her to adjust to being in the hospital through play therapy. Parents of infants are offered a chance to learn new skills to comfort their baby and ways they can encourage their baby's continued development while their baby is recovering in the hospital.

Child life specialists can help your child and the other children in your family with:
  • play activities to prepare your child for medical procedures and learn about his/her surgery.
  • relaxation and pain management skills.
  • providing a opportunity for your child to express his/her feelings through normal play.
  • brother/sister needs:
    • Children at home may be worried about their brother or sister who is in the hospital. They may be upset because mom and dad are away from them more than usual. The child life specialist can help you to answer questions you may have about any brothers/sisters at home.
    • Visiting the hospital can also be stressful for brothers and sisters. The child life specialist can help prepare brothers and sisters before they visit so they can understand what they see and how they feel before and after their visit to their sibling in the hospital.

Contact Information


Driscoll Children's Hospital
Children's Surgical Services Main Office

3533 S. Alameda Furman Bldg, 3rd Floor
Corpus Christi, TX 78411
Phone: 361-694-4700
Fax: (361) 694-4701


Hours: 8:30 am to 5:30 pm

For appointments, assistance, and physician referrals in Corpus Christi:
Phone: (361) 694-4700 or
Toll Free Phone: (800) DCH-LOVE
Fax (361) 694-4701


For appointments, assistance, and physician referrals in Brownsville, Harlingen, McAllen, Laredo, or Victoria:
Toll Free Phone: (800) 525-TOTS or
Brownsville Fax: (956) 982-2445
McAllen Fax: (956) 668-7646
Harlingen Fax: (956) 412-3357


For TTY Deaf Messaging Connect to TTY Interpretation by dialing
(800) 735-2989

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