Free Teddy Bear Clinic

Shani Thornton is a Certified Child Life Specialist that supports children coping with illness, trauma, loss, and transitions. She will be facilitating a hands-on learning workshop for families.

Young children can feel overwhelmed and fearful of medical and dental experiences. The teddy bear workshop is designed to educate and support families on useful tools that ease fears and trauma, strengthen advocacy skills, and provide them with a positive healthcare experience. Children are given an opportunity to play with real and pretend medical materials, which help them become familiarized with the tools and find a sense of control within the play.  Shani will also be there to validate emotions, clear up misconceptions, and teach coping strategies to help kids feel confident and well prepared for their next doctor and dentist visit.

When: Wednesday, September 21st at 10:15 am

Where: Loomis Basin Community Park South 3550 Ong Pl, Loomis, CA 95650

Who can join: This is open to the public. We encourage Placer County families with young children 0-5 years old to attend

If you have any questions, please email Shani at ChildLifeMommy@gmail.com

Play Therapy Workshop in Sacramento, CA

Join us for an in-person play therapy workshop on April 2, 2022, at Rancho Cordova City Hall from 9 am – 4:30 pm

The Workshop

This intermediate-level play therapy workshop explores play therapy through the lens of Attachment and Polyvagal TheoryParticipants will receive an overview of the essential knowledge and skills necessary to provide effective play therapy, prescriptively applying these theories to treatment goals, and selection of play therapy interventionsResearch on trauma and attachment will be presented to provide the clinical rationale necessary to understand the impacts of childhood trauma from a Polyvagal / Neurobiological perspective.

Who can Join

We welcome students, play therapists, counselors, child life specialists, educators, occupational therapists, caregivers and anyone working with children and families. This will be a great learning opportunity.

The Presenter

Shelli Rose holds both the LMFT and LPCC licenses in CA and the LMFT and LPC licenses in CO. She has also been credentialed as an RPT-S since 2018Shelli has a private practice, providing clinical services primarily to children and families, with a specialty in adoption competency, attachment, and developmental trauma. She provides services both in person and through virtual / telehealth platforms. 

PDUs/CEUs

Earn a total of 6 units for professional development.

How to Register

The cost is $119 and you can register here.

Teaching Social and Emotional Learning Through Games: Spotlight and Giveaway with Game On Family

It’s important to educate children about social and emotional skills at a young age. It can provide a foundation for understanding self-regulation, empathy for others, and how to express feelings in a healthy way. As children grow to become teenagers and young adults, they have to continue to strengthen these skills.

As a child life specialist supporting children and teens coping with life’s challenges, I utilize play, art, games, and books to strengthen coping skills. I have been using Game On Family’s resources and love them.

Game On Family creates family-friendly, educational games and books that support mental health & connection. They believe that learning happens best through play. They thrive on producing fun products that aid parents, teachers, and mental health professionals. Together you can build our kids’ social-emotional learning (SEL) and improve life outcomes through play! Find their products at Amazon.com/GameOnFamily

Click here to get a 20% discount on your purchase until 10/7/21


We will be giving away a SEL bundle of Game On Family products to 2 winners.

It will include:

  • 1 Feelings and Dealings game
  • 1 Shined Mind game
  • 1 Feelings and Dealings Coloring Book
  • 1 Feelings and Dealings Storybook.
Click here to enter the GIVEAWAY

For an additional entry choose below:

  1. Sign up for email notifications at ChildLifeMommy.com and leave a comment below.
  2. Facebook: Follow Child Life Mommy and tag two friends.
  3. Facebook: Follow Game On Family and leave a comment.
  4. Instagram: Follow @ChildLifeMommy and @GameOnFamilyCom tag two friends in the post.

Good luck, the winner will be chosen by 10/3/21. Open to U.S. residents.