Nicklaus Children's Hospital, formerly Miami Children's Hospital
Local: 305-666-6511
Toll Free: 800-432-6837
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The Child Life Department facilitates a number of programs and orientations designed for patients, siblings and families.

At the request of the physicians and/or nurse practioners, Child Life Specialists attend all NCH'sponsored camps. Their role includes, but is not limited to, planning and implementing, therapeutic/recreational activities, addressing the psychosocial and emotional needs of campers, assisting in training and supervising counselors, scheduling field trips, and ordering supplies.

Choose a title below to read more about each program.

Infant Massage

The Community Education Department here at Nicklaus Children's Hospital, formerly Miami Children's Hospital, currently offers two sessions for Infant Massage each year.

Child Life Specialists Stacia Self and Angie Shuck are Certified Infant Massage Instructors and offer the classes in April and October.

Please contact Wendy Johnson at the Community Department at (305) 666-6511 ext 8296 for more information and to register for the next class session.

To learn more about the benefits of infant massage for your child, please visit:


A week long overnight camp for ventilation assisted children (children needing a tracheostomy ventilator, C-PAP, BiPAP, or oxygen to support breathing) and their families.

Camp Coordinator- Bela Florentin

For more information and to learn more about VACC Camp, please visit:
Rheumatology Camp

This is a week long overnight camp for patients with rheumatoid arthritis.

For additional information, please contact Evelyn Cruz or Maria Louisa Rivas-Chacon at (305) 663-8505.


Pre-Surgical Orientation

Spinal Fusion Surgical Orientation

SibShops (PDF)

Parenting Boot Camp

New Sibling Class - "Super Siblings"


Campuots Camp


Diabetes Camp