Child life specialists incorporate play, art, and books to teach kids about their bodies. Many specialists have used an activity called, blood soup to educate and empower kids about their cancer treatment. I was excited to find out that a fellow child life specialist created a storybook to go along with this activity.
Guest Blogger, Jessica Wilfore, CCLS, Author of Blood Soup
Blood Soup is a dynamic and hands-on educational experience for all children! Readers will be engaged from start to finish, learning of the four components of blood and the reasoning behind a blood draw. Blood Soup empowers children to know more about their bodies and helps take the fear out of blood.
Jessica Wilfore, MS-Ed, CCLS is a Certified Child Life Specialist, educator, and mother who has worked in the hospital setting for several years helping children understand procedures and diagnosis in a developmentally appropriate manner. She believes that the more children know, the better they can respond. She encourages the use of this book for all children but specifically for those with an upcoming blood draw or new diagnosis (cancer, diabetes, bleeding disorders).
We will be giving away a copy of “Blood Soup” to one lucky winner.
I love to celebrate by featuring some amazing new resources and including giveaways. I’m kicking it off with one of my favorite authors, Stephanie Sorkin. She has been featured before, so be sure to check out her previous guest post.
Stephanie has written a new children’s book, “Am I a Unicorn?“ that is perfect for children ages 3 to 8.
Am I a Unicorn is a wonderful story written in rhyme about a unicorn that breaks its horn and grapples with the feelings of being unique and different. Can the unicorn still be a unicorn without its most definitive feature? The story touches on self-esteem and diversity and ultimately teaches the important lesson of accepting one’s individuality. “When your OUTERcorn doesn’t match your INNERcorn…a story is born! Join us as a unicorn finds the answer to this very important issue.”
You can purchase your copy at Amazon, Target, Walmart, and Barnes and Noble.
Ms. Sorkin has appeared in the New York Times Style Section and written numerous articles for national publications.
As a food allergy advocate, she spends her time visiting schools in the tri-state area, discussing the inspiration behind her books and the importance of creativity. For more information or to inquire about a school visit, please visit www.stephaniesorkin.com
You can find her on social media @stephsorkin
We will be giving away a copy of “Am I a Unicorn?” to one lucky winner.
Grief and loss is a journey that many families face, but how do we support young children with a sibling loss? As a child life specialist, I’m always incorporating books, play, and creative arts to help kids process their loss and find outlets for expression. The loss of a sibling through miscarriage, stillbirth, or even as a child can be difficult to understand.
I’m delighted to share a beautiful story written by a bereaved mother, Emma Poore in the honor of her daughter, Lydie.
“Where are you Lydie?”is a special picture book, sensitively written and illustrated for children between 3 and 7 years old. It is a facilitative story and guide for young children and their parents to explore death and bereavement together and to start those difficult conversations or explore the questions that may come up after the death of a baby in a safe and inspiring space. Grandparents, Teachers, Caring Support Professionals, and friends can also share the story as a platform for exploration too.
You can purchase “Where are you Lydie?” directly from Emma’s website.
“Warm and beautifully illustrated picture book for children about sibling loss and bereavement to support families through the grief of baby loss.” Child Bereavement UK
“A beautifully illustrated storybook for children who have been affected by the loss of a sibling. It’s an honest, sensitive and comforting story about two brothers trying to decide what to do, on what would have been their sister Lydie’s first birthday. A beautiful, engaging and sensitive book, to help make something so hard to talk to children about a little easier – and which would bring comfort to adults reading it too.” The Miscarriage Association
Emma Poore is a children’s author and illustrator with a diverse background in Theatre and Events. Honoring her daughter Lydie and her family’s bereavement journey through the eyes of her young sons, George and Henry, “Where are you Lydie?” is an illustrated picture book for young bereaved siblings affected by the death of a baby brother or sister. Endorsed by Sands – stillbirth and neonatal death charity and recommended by a growing number of bereavement charities and healthcare professionals, Emma’s book continues to be well received by many bereaved families worldwide.