When a family member is diagnosed with an illness it impacts the whole family. Adults, teens and young children try to make sense of these new challenges and cope with complicated emotions. Parents often struggle with explanations of the illness and treatments to young children. Our guest blogger today has faced similar struggles and created a wonderful resource to help others.
It can be incredibly challenging for families to navigate loss, trauma, and separation. Using a children’s book that has a storyline that resonates with kids can be therapeutic. As a Certified Child Life Specialist, I often engage kids in bibliotherapy and then follow up with an activity for self-expression. It is amazing to witness a child’s empowerment when they feel a sense of validation, normalcy, and control.