The Child Life program plays an increasingly important role in helping pediatric patients and their families cope with hospitalization and treatment. The program is staffed by ten child development experts who work to ensure that life remains as normal as possible for children in health-care settings. According to the Child Life Council, children process information from the world around them much differently than adults; they have different needs for managing stress and trauma. Without the assistance of such professionals children of all ages may experience emotions that could inhibit national development and having lasting negative effects on their well-being. Therapeutic play is used not only to help children and their families cope with and process their medical experience, but also to help assess, educate and prepare children and their families for healthcare procedures. Play creates an environment where stress and anxiety are reduced, provides an outlet for feelings, aids the clinical staff in assessment, speeds recovery and restores a sense of control in an unfamiliar and frightening environment.