Children with chronic or behavioral conditions, and kids struggling with symptoms such as pain from injury or illness, benefit from care that treats the whole child, rather than a set of symptoms. UCSF's Osher Center for Integrative Medicine has expertise in developing integrative care plans that combine mainstream medical therapies with well-chosen alternative therapies shown to be safe and effective, such as acupuncture, massage, meditation, herbal supplements and nutritional therapies. We care for kids with conditions including attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and autism spectrum disorder; chronic illness and pain; and certain emotional issues, such as anxiety.
For children with autism spectrum disorder, for example, we aim to address the many digestive, nutritional and immune system problems that often accompany the behavioral symptoms of autism. At the same time, we look at each child as an individual, with the goal of boosting overall health and everyday quality of life, in addition to relieving symptoms. In our thorough evaluations, we assess strengths as well as challenges, and we may ask parents or other caregivers in the home to gather information.
Children have an innate drive and capacity to heal, and we encourage this by involving children in their own treatment process as much as possible. As a child's needs change over time, we continue working with the family to adjust treatment as needed.
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Certified child life specialists ease the stress and anxiety of childhood illness through therapeutic play, schooling and family-focused support.
Family-friendly amenities help you relax and take care of yourself while staying close to your child. We offer lounges, kitchens, showers, breastfeeding rooms and more.
Social workers ease the effect of illness, injury and hospitalization on your family with counseling and assistance to help you navigate the challenges.
Activity rooms offer a relaxed environment for children of all ages. Features include a playroom, digital arts studio and teen lounge. Find out more.
Art therapy helps kids and families express themselves, making it easier to cope with pediatric health issues. Group and bedside services are available.
Music Therapy Program
Board-certified music therapists help kids cope with illness and the feelings that come with it. Find out about group activities and bedside therapy.
Our schoolroom services and individual learning programs help children hospitalized at UCSF continue their education and get ready to return to school.
School Re-Entry Program
After hospitalization, we help kids return to school by educating staff and students about their needs and recommending needed accommodations. Read more.
Individual Playtime & Instruction
If your child can't be around other kids for medical reasons, you can sign up for private sessions in our activity and school rooms. Find out how.
Interpreter Services & Communication Assistance
Interpreter services in many languages and TDDs are available for families that need help communicating with care teams. Here's how to access them.
Family Resource Center
We help families cope with the challenges of childhood illness and hospitalization in a relaxing environment where parents can get a much-needed break.
Parent Support Program
Weekly activities, including knitting, scrapbooking, chair massage and more, help family caregivers get a much-needed break. Find out more.
Patient relations reps and nursing supervisors are here to answer questions and address concerns. Learn about your rights, how to reach us and more.
Chaplains help UCSF patients, families and staff cope with the spiritual and emotional challenges of childhood illness. Learn more.
If you're coming to UCSF from outside the U.S., we coordinate your child's appointments and provide other helpful services. Here's how to get started.
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