Decrease Your Child’s Fears From the Doctor


Decrease Your Child’s Fear From The Doctor

Learn the necessary tools to help prepare and support kids in a medical setting, from a checkup to a hospitalization. Have your child bring their favorite doll or stuffed animal to explore with medical play.

Children at all ages can develop fear and anxiety over a medical experience. Parents can often times feel overwhelmed and intimidated, which can then make the experience that much more difficult. As a certified child life specialist, my role is to help bridge that gap, providing services to support children’s emotional, psychosocial and developmental needs by working with the whole family.

In this workshop we will cover these key components:
How to incorporate play to help kids prepare and process a new experience
Learn distraction and coping techniques
How to prepare kids for a medical experience
Learn how to advocate to the medical team
Learn how to hold your child in a comfort position for a medical procedure
How to use empathic language to support your child’s emotions
Learn how to pack a go bag for urgent care and emergency department visits

Investment: $10

Held on Tuesday, July 14th at 12:00pm-1:00pm

at Happy and Healthy Wellness Center

77 Jericho Turnpike

Mineola, NY 11501

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Children’s Book Review and Giveaway: Lola Goes to the Doctor


We all know how intimidating a doctor visit can be for a child. As both a parent and Certified Child Life Specialist, I use books to help prepare kids for an unfamiliar experience.

Lola Goes to the Doctor is a beautifully written children’s book about a little Yorkshire Terrier, that is nervous for a checkup, but discovers that she is a much braver, big dog than she thought.

The story has captivating photographs of Lola meeting other friendly pets in the waiting room, having an exam by the doctor and overcoming her fears.

10259116_471373682988996_4972394060839629957_oThe author, Marcia Goldman is an educator in special education and has spent the past 25 years focusing on autism. Lola is her beloved certified therapy dog that visits children in the classrooms. She is also the author of Lola Goes to Work: A Nine-to-Five Therapy Dog.

Follow Lola on Facebook or send her an email.

I will be giving away a copy of Lola Goes to the Doctor to one lucky winner.

There are several ways to enter the giveaway.

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Winner will be announced Thursday, January 1st, 2015

Book will be shipped in U.S. only

Good Luck!

We have a winner!

Congratulations Kelly Garber!


It’s Time For Your Checkup

It’s Time For Your Checkup

It's Time For Your Checkup

Taking children to the doctor can be incredibly overwhelming for parents. Children can often become frightened and anxious with what will occur. They may not fully understand what will happen and why. The new environment, medical team, or previous clinical experience may increase their fears and make it that much more difficult.

As a child life specialist, I know what will typically occur at the visit. I prepare my own children for what will happen and teach them coping strategies to get through procedures such as a blood test or vaccination.

I know that many parents struggle with how to get their child ready and to support them best during the visit. I have created a preparation book to do just that. It is a wonderful tool to use before and after a checkup. It is filled with photographs and explanations using the five senses to teach children what will happen. Choice making, comfort positions, coping and distraction strategies are all discussed to help children and parents feel safe and in control.

It is a great book for new parents, medical personnel, teachers and kids.

It’s Time For Your Checkup, What to expect when going to a doctor visit

Available in both a paperback and digital format.