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Child Life & Music Therapy Program

For a child, the hospital can be a scary place full of strange sights, sounds and smells as well as unfamiliar people. Our Child Life Specialists and Music Therapist help to reduce these fears and create a positive healing experience for pediatric and adolescent patients at MU Women’s and Children’s Hospital.

Child Life Specialist and Music Therapist are certified professionals with bachelor's and master's degrees in child life, child development, early childhood education, music therapy and other related fields. Child life specialists are specifically trained and certified to address the emotional needs of hospitalized children and adolescents and to help them understand their hospital experience.

Use the submenu on the left to learn more about the Child Life and Music Therapy Program at MU Children’s Hospital. You may also contact:

Merideth Lehman, M.Ed., CCLS
Child Life and Music Therapy Program Coordinator
Journey’s Program Coordinator
MU Women’s and Children's Hospital
404 Keene Street
Columbia, Mo. 65212
(573) 219-4264

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Giving to Children's Hospital

MU Children's Hospital strives to provide the highest quality care for children throughout Missouri - regardless of their family's ability to pay. Thousands of people like you have helped Children's Hospital in this mission through gifts of talent, time and financial support. Learn more about our giving opportunities. Donate today!

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If you have specific questions about how to best plan your gift to MU Children's Hospital, please contact:

Keely McDannold
Senior Director, MU Health Advancement

Kristen Fritschie
Coordinator, Children’s Miracle Network and Special Events

Katie Zimmer
Coordinator, Children’s Miracle Network and Special Events