Virtual Parent Workshop: Supporting Children and Teens Coping with Grief and Loss

Parenting is challenging enough especially when faced with a loss. This past year has been filled with so much uncertainty and has magnified grief reactions and stress for families. Join us for a parent workshop with Certified Child Life Specialist, Shani Thornton, an expert in helping families cope with illness, trauma, loss, and transitions.

Resources and tips on:

  • Understanding how children and teens grieve

  • Fostering healthy relationships at home

  • Learn therapeutic play and coping strategies

  • Self-care techniques

Monday, April 26th from 6:30-8:30pm via Zoom

$20.00 fee

Click here to register with Together We Heal Community


Self-Care Tips for Caregivers: Sandwiched Series

Self-Care Tips for Caregivers: Sandwiched Series

“Sandwiched” is a series that addresses the specific challenges “Sandwich Generation” caregivers face. Del Oro Caregiver Resource Center has teamed up with Certified Child Life Specialist Shani Thornton, MS to facilitate these FREE workshops.

Learn how to:

  • Engage in self-care

  • Foster healthy attachments at home

  • Ease children’s fear and anxiety related to COVID-19

  • Help children understand the disease progression of a sick or disabled loved one

  • Find support and develop coping strategies in a new world of social distancing

This week is Session 1: Caring for the Sandwiched Generation Caregiver, 11/12/20, 5pmPST.

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Check out our tip video with content related to this week’s topic.

Sandwiched Series Sessions

Session 1: Caring for the Sandwiched Generation Caregiver, 11/12/20

Session 2: Helping Kids Cope: Toddlers/Preschoolers, 11/19/20

Session 3: Helping Kids Cope: School-Aged Children, 12/3/20

Session 4: Helping Kids Cope: Adolescents, 12/10/20

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Helping Children Cope with a Blood Test

Painful medical procedures are difficult to cope with. As a Certified Child Life Specialist, my role is to prepare children for new experiences while providing a coping plan. I had the opportunity to support my own son for a routine blood test this week. He was quite nervous when his pediatrician mentioned it and I could see his signs of distress. I decided to use some child life techniques to help educate and prepare him while providing validation, and a coping plan.

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