The Puddle Jumper’s Guide to Kicking Cancer: Spotlight and Giveaway

When a child is diagnosed with cancer, it can be incredibly traumatizing. Families have to adapt to a new world that is filled with doctor appointments, chemo, hospitalizations, and side effects. There are supportive medical providers, such a child life specialists, oncologists, and nurses that become part of the family. They offer education and resources to make this new transition more manageable, so families can feel empowered.

I’m happy to share a new resource that was inspired by one family’s cancer journey. I hope that you can add this to your library and support families coping with cancer.

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Supporting Families Through Virtual Child Life Services

The pandemic of COVID-19 has caused an increase in anxiety with children and adults. Parents may feel overwhelmed by supporting their child’s needs and emotions, while still trying to manage their own. Families coping with additional struggles of a chronic illness or recent loss may feel even more vulnerable.

As a Certified Child Life Specialist in private practice, I support families coping with life’s challenges. Through therapeutic interventions of play, education, and creative art modalities, I help children understand what is occurring, gain control, and express their emotions while learning healthy coping skills. Providing parent support is also a vital role that I have. My goal is to empower children and their caregivers to use these therapeutic outlets at home.

I will be offering virtual child life sessions for individual families and community groups, such as churches and schools. If you are interested, please reach out to me at ChildLifeMommy@gmail.com or fill out the contact form below.

Additional Resources

Supporting Children and Teens During COVID-19 

Helping Kids Get Comfoprytable Wearing a Mask During COVID-19

Family Activity To Help During COVID-19 Isolation

 

Helping Kids Cope with a Loved One’s iIllness: Spotlight and Giveaway of Mooshu Worries

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.

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