Child Life at Vermont Children's Hospital

What is a Child Life Specialist?

The role of a child life specialist is to focus on the psychosocial needs of children and families in the healthcare setting. Child Life strives to empower children with knowledge and equip them with coping strategies so that they may face potential stressors with understanding and confidence. Additionally, child life promotes healthy growth and development for children who are hospitalized by normalizing their environment and providing opportunities for play. Child Life Specialists are educators, coaches, cheerleaders, friends, and advocates.

Our Specialists

The Vermont Children's Hospital and Fletcher Allen Health Care have eight Child Life Specialists:

Name of Specialist Department Contact Info
Jennifer Dawson Inpatient Pediatrics / Pediatric Intensive Care Unit 802-847-4913
Jess Rabidoux Inpatient Pediatrics / Pediatric Intensive Care Unit 802-847-4913
Alexis Tyler Emergency Department 802-847-4913
Jenny Eddy Children's Specialty Center 802-847-4526
Jen Gagne Radiology 802-847-4913
Sierra Scheller Pre-Op 802-847-7832
Callie Moore Comfort Zone 802-847-9663
Ali Waltien Children of adult patients 802-847-4069

Donations to Child Life

Child life also organizes any donations to the Vermont Children's Hospital. We have provided a wish list that is updated seasonally (as our needs are always changing!). If you would like to donate to the Vermont Children's Hospital please call 802-847-7831 to speak to a child life specialist about how to coordinate a donation.

Thank you so much for thinking about our children at Vermont Children's Hospital. A hospital can be an overwhelming place for children, but Child Life Specialists help to navigate the uncertainty with a helping hand. By donating to Vermont Children's Hospital you are helping to ensure that children have the opportunity to still be children, despite their medical needs. On behalf of our patients and their families, we thank you for your kindness!


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