Helping kids and parents through life’s most challenging events.

At Child Life On Call, we provide tools and resources to help you navigate the stress and uncertainty of a medical diagnosis or procedure.

Children don’t come with an instruction manual.

Even if you read all the books about what to expect when you’re, well, you know, none of them prepared you for what to do when your child needs medical attention.

That’s why we’re here.

At Child Life On Call, we provide resources to help you and your child cope with any illness, diagnosis, or medical procedure.

Resources like our parent starter kit.

When you download our starter kit, you’ll learn how to:

  • Give medicine to your child without it becoming a wrestling match
  • Prepare your child (and yourself) for a shot so they can feel less anxious
  • Create and use a coping plan for any medical appointment or procedure

The first sign of sniffles, or worse, shouldn’t send you into a tailspin. Feel confident in your role as parent and advocate, no matter what medical situation you’re facing.

We’ll show you how.

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You don’t have to figure this out on your own.

All of our resources are designed to support you, so you can better support your child.

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Podcast

Connect to a community of parents who understand what you’re going through because they’ve been there too.

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Print & Share

Access our free library of resources created by a child life specialist, so you can better advocate for your child.

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Blog

Approach every medical situation with calm and confidence. Our blog gives you timely advice and assurance from experts.

Virtual Visits

Receive personalized care for you and your child when you schedule a 1:1 virtual session with a certified child life specialist.

Katie Taylor, CEO and Founder of Child Life On
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Certified Child Life Specialist.

Hi there! I’m Katie.

I’ve spent the last 12 years as a child life specialist, using my expertise in child development to help kids and families cope with the stress and uncertainty of illness, injury, and treatment. From using play to demonstrate procedures, to teaching coping strategies, to supporting parents and educating them on everything happening to their child, I know first hand how critical it is for children and families to have the support they need.

I’m also a mom. I know how fiercely we love our children, and how terrifying it is when they get sick. Even “routine procedures” like ear tubes or tonsillectomies don’t feel routine when it’s your little one on the table. And when there’s no one there to walk you through it or stand by your side? It’s paralyzing.

I created Child Life On Call as a way to support parents and kids during life’s most challenging events.

You deserve to feel confident, assured, and empowered to advocate for your child’s needs.

And with our tools and resources, now you can.

Partnering with facilities to bring you the Child Life On Call App

Putting tools and resources in the palm of your hand.

With the Child Life On Call app you’ll be able to:

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Understand medical terms and procedures

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Prepare your child (and yourself) for appointments and surgeries

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Offer comfort and use age-appropriate coping strategies with your child

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Feel empowered to ask questions and advocate for your child

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Be seen, heard, and understood by your child’s care team

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Feel less stressed and overwhelmed, and feel more certain making decisions for your child

Parents get this app for FREE through partner facilities.

Resources at your fingertips.

Explore 10 free downloads on a variety of child and health related topics.

Book and Resource List: Childhood Cancer

Therapeutic Activity: Feelings Uno!

Financial Assistance For Illness-Related Expenses

Book and Resource List: Autism

Book and Resource List: Type 1 Diabetes

Therapeutic Activity: Write a Letter

Therapeutic Activity: Bucket List

Book and Resource List: Down Syndrome

Book and Resource List: Cancer Siblings

Therapeutic Activity: Worry Boxes

Education and assurance from an expert.

Access trusted advice on timely topics from certified child life specialists.

Tips to Help a Patient Cope with a Fear of Needles

By: Katie Taylor, CCLS Child Life On Call This is a sponsored post by Gebauer Company, makers of Pain Ease Needle phobia is seldom just about the moment of the injection. It’s a whole combination of things including the lead up, the actual process, the feelings and...

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How to Help Kids Take Medicine In and Out of the Hospital

This blog was originally posted for SmileMakers Inc and I was compensated for this post. All opinions are my own. Taking medications can be one of the most anxiety-provoking experiences for children and families in the hospital. Here are a few scenarios for you: Case...

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Connecting with Compassion.

I have been keeping this surprise tucked in close to my heart and now I'm so excited to share with you this much needed brand update for #childlifeoncall. Leave it to HK Art + Design to know how to put the essence of this community into one beautiful design. Nothing...

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Holidays in the Hospital

Originally posted on SmileMakers Inc Let’s get real. The hospital has never really been a place that people want to go, and now in the midst of a global pandemic… well, let’s just say it may be the last place on EARTH that people want to be. That’s why decorating for...

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How does Child Life impact the bottom line?

One of the burdens joys of being a child life specialist is that you get REALLY good at explaining what you do and why you do it. It’s incredibly common for us to be recognized in the hospital as “the girl with the iPad” or “you’re the fun one!” Sometimes getting...

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How to help my child understand what’s happening to them

As parents, our go-to strategy for helping our children through difficult times is to protect them. Protect them from pain, trauma, fear, bullies, stress and the list goes on. It’s a natural strategy and instinct - we are the adults in their life and we brought them...

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Tips for Navigating Difficult Conversations with Kids

By Katie Taylor, CCLS Our goal as trusted adults is to protect our children. So if you are struggling with how to tell your child something difficult because you’re afraid it might hurt them… you’re not alone. In some ways it can feel like, “we should just let kids be...

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