“The child life services provided by Shani Thornton were a Godsend for us when we were at our most critical time with our son. Learning how to provide coping skills and advocate for our medically fragile son has armed us with the confidence we need to navigate the complicated world of medicine and special needs. Thank you, Shani Thornton!”

Ken and Tonya G., New York, Parents of a 6yo.

“I had the privilege of a private phone conversation with Shani regarding my daughter’s anxieties about medical exams and procedures. Shani was compassionate, knowledgeable and extremely helpful. She listened thoroughly to my concerns and made suggestions that were age-appropriate and easy for me as a parent to implement. I would highly recommend her to any family looking for support in helping their child through the toughest of times.”

Tamara H., Parent of a 4yo., California

“Shani Thornton was my hospital’s child’s life specialist. For those months, she was like a friend. She helped me decorate my room. She spoke to me, when I missed my family, friends and school. She helped me make friends at the hospital. Every Thursday night she hosted a “teen night”, where we would choose a restaurant to order food from, and ate it while watching a movie. Shani is always there for anyone who needs her.”

Elizabeth M. 17yo, Rehab Patient, New York

“Shani has been a volunteer facilitator at the Center for HOPE (Healing, Opportunity, Perseverance, Enlightenment) at Cohen Children’s Medical Center for the past several years and has helped so many grieving children and their families. Shani is an amazing professional with excellent clinical skills as she works with children and adults in a compassionate and caring manner. She is kind, empathic and extremely dedicated as she engages with the children and helps them feel comfortable as they express feelings of loss. Shani is an amazing individual and we are so lucky to have her as a volunteer who goes above and beyond to help our families and our program thrive.”

Susan Thomas, LCSW-R, FT, Bereavement Coordinator, Center for HOPE, New York

“Shani’s assistance with my sons fear going to the doctor was crucial to our family. My son developed a fear of going to the doctor around the age of 2. When we learned he was going to need a medical procedure done, we worried about how he would cope. With Shani’s advice, and the help of her book, our family found our way. Our son even enjoyed reading the book to us which help him overcome his fear. We can’t thank Shani Thornton enough.

Tiffany and Mike G., Parents of 2yo., California

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