Support Services and Programs

Healing Therapies


Clinical aromatherapy can help reduce pain, nausea and headaches. We provide aromatherapy throughout Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital as an additional service for patients and families.

Art Therapy

Art helps children cope with their hospital experience by providing a safe and developmentally appropriate way to express themselves.

Our art therapists harness children’s creative and expressive capabilities. They use art to support the social, psychological, emotional, developmental and physical needs of children and families.

Book Therapy

Reading can lower stress and help children cope with illness, injury and hospitalization. Our Family Resource Center, located on the first floor of Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital, features a library with many types of books. Patients and families can check out books throughout their stay.

Clown Therapy

Lotsy Dotsy, our resident clown, has been turning frowns into smiles for more than two decades. Children and grown-ups alike enjoy singing songs, blowing bubbles and playing the harmonica with Lotsy Dotsy.

Massage Therapy

Massage therapy in a hospital setting can provide many benefits, such as improved circulation, mobility, mood and sleep patterns. Patients may also have less pain, muscle tension, nausea, stress and anxiety.

Music Therapy

Music therapy is the clinical use of music to reach a patient’s treatment goals, such as:

  • Developmental growth
  • Emotional expression and coping
  • Pain and anxiety management

Music therapists at Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital provide developmentally appropriate music interventions to empower children and support families. Our music therapy services include:

  • Bereavement and legacy building
  • Instrumental instruction
  • Music-assisted relaxation
  • Songwriting
Pet Therapy

One of the most beloved members of the Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital team is our four-legged co-worker, Freedom. Freedom is our pet therapy dog. You can request a visit by calling the BARK line, 954-265-2275 (BARK).

Yoga Therapy

Yoga can help children and adults find relaxation and reduce stress and anxiety. We offer yoga classes at Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital for patients and their caregivers.

Instructors lead participants through mild stretching, mindfulness, meditation and deep breathing exercises. They also incorporate yoga games to help participants stay present and focused.

Apply for Our Practicum and Internship Opportunities

Child Life Clinical Internship

Please Note: We will not be offering a fall 2024 internship opportunity. Please check back for spring 2025.

The Child Life Department offers a 16-week full-time internship during the fall and spring. Applicants must be affiliated with an academic program throughout the duration of the internship. Students are supervised by Certified Child Life Specialists (CCLS) and participate in rigorous hands-on clinical and academic training.


Please check back for updates regarding our internship offerings.

Child Life Practicum

Please Note: We are now accepting applications for our fall 2024 practicum (pre-internship learning experience). Applications are due by June 30, 2024.

Our practicum program is a largely observational experience for individuals interested in pursuing a career as a child life specialist. Practicum students will have the opportunity to shadow child life specialists, gain exposure to common procedures, interact with patients and families, and facilitate therapeutic play activities.

The practicum is designed to facilitate a deeper understanding of child life practice through observation of the daily work of a Certified Child Life Specialist.


Please email your completed fall 2024practicum application to by June 30, 2024.