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When a child suffers an injury, is diagnosed with an illness or is hospitalized, it’s our goal to provide the highest quality of care for each child and family. During your time with Children’s National Hospital, you may have many questions and may need many different types of services. With that in mind, we have a variety of resources to help you and your family on your treatment journey.

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Animal Visitation and Therapy Program

Children tend to gravitate to animals, which is why animal-assisted therapy is used to include animals in the goal of improving health and wellness.

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Autism Visual Supports and Resources

The Autism Behavioral Communications (ABC) support team provides resources for medical staff and parents to make tests and treatments easier for children with developmental disabilities.

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Bunny Mellon Healing Garden

Kids being treated at Children's National have a way to enjoy fresh air, the outdoors and inspiring views of the nation's capital at our Healing Garden.

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Case Management

Case managers are registered nurses who will work with you and your medical team to plan for your child’s hospital discharge.

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Chaplaincy Services

Clinically trained on-call chaplains are available to patients, families and staff 24/7 for support, education, ritual and consultation.

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Child Life Services

Child Life Specialists are trained and certified to help children, adolescents and families with psychological and emotional support during outpatient and inpatient visits.

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Clown Care

The Clown Care team performs a parody of medical rounds for our patients, with laughter as the goal and humor as the chief treatment.

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Creative and Therapeutic Arts Services

Creative and Therapeutic Arts Services help children transcend the hospital experience by bringing the cultural arts, arts education and animal visitation to patients at their bedside and in the Costco Wholesale Atrium.

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Disney Concepts and Experiences

Disney works with children’s hospitals and pediatric places of care around the world, creating distinctly Disney experiences that deliver moments of joy when they’re needed most. See how this initiative comes to life at Children's National Hospital.

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Ethics Program

The Ethics Program offers education and support/consult services to faculty, staff and patients at Children’s National. Learn more about how our team helps parents, patients and providers to navigate ethical concerns and dilemmas that can present in all aspects of patient care.

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Family Resource Center

The Family Resource Center at Children's National Hospital offers a range of support services for families and staff including providing books and magazines for children and adults, as well as computers for Internet access.

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Lactation Services

At Children’s National, we understand how important breastfeeding is for families and we aim to provide mothers with the caring support, knowledge and encouragement they need.

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Language Services

Interpreters are available for patients and families who may be deaf, hard of hearing or who may not speak English as their first language. This service is offered at no cost.

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Mindful Mentors

Our hospital wide Mindful Mentors program has created a library of short exercises to decrease stress. These techniques will help you to calm your mind and body and find your focus again.

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PANDA Palliative Care

The PANDA Palliative Care Team at Children’s National works to prevent, reduce and soothe symptoms for patients in the advanced stages of illness. Collaborating with primary care providers, we help patients with their families cope with the stress of dealing with complicated medical problems.

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Parent Navigator Program

Our Parent Navigator Program informs, educates, supports and empowers families to be strong partners with providers in advocating for child’s medical, educational and social well-being.

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Patient Family Rights

Learn about our privacy commitment, patient rights and who to contact if you have concerns.

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Patient and Family Advisory Council

Our council seeks to improve patient- and family-centered care for all Children’s National Hospital families.

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Pharmacy and Gift Shop

Learn more about our pharmacy and gift shop located in the Costco Wholesale Atrium at Children’s National.

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Seacrest Studios

Children’s National offers a broadcast studio for children, donated by the Ryan Seacrest Foundation.

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Social Work

Our social workers are specially trained and licensed professionals who provide an array of psychosocial services to enhance the quality of care our patients and families receive.

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Support Groups

Children’s National offers various support groups for families to exchange helpful information, provide solace to one another and offer tips to help in caring for their children.

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Volunteer Services

Volunteers at Children’s National Hospital serve in a variety of ways to assist patients and family members during their hospital visit.

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Women Infants and Children (WIC)

Women Infants and Children (WIC) is a supplemental food program that promotes good health for low- to moderate-income mothers, infants and children. Learn how this program can help you.

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