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Child Life On Call: Parents of children with an illness or medical condition share their stories with a child life specialist


Mar 23, 2022

March is Child Life month, and I wanted to feature some amazing organizations that are doing so much to support children and families in crisis. A few weeks back, I had the opportunity to interview an expert in the field of Child Life about the impact of disasters on children and families (episode 105). Child Life Disaster Relief is an organization that empowers and supports children and families in crisis by integrating Child Life professional services into disaster-impacted communities. Learn more at www.cldisasterrelief.org.

Today I’m talking with Sehreen, who has so much wisdom to share. She is doing big things for the world of children’s health, but she is also a mom whose daughter has had some medical challenges. I’m excited for her to share her experiences with you in this episode.

In this episode, we talk about…

[2:25] Sehreen’s background and family

[4:11] Concerns with her daughter missing developmental milestones

[9:03] Seeking answers about her daughter’s development

[12:48] Advocating for your child in medical situations

[15:00] How Sehreen coped while waiting for a diagnosis for her daughter

[18:18] How Sehreen’s daughter coped during her time in the hospital

[24:25] The role of child life specialists

[26:02] What helps Sehreen to recharge 

[27:31] The difficulties with having a child with medical needs

[29:02] What Sehreen’s daughters have taught her

[31:52] Sehreen’s children’s health startup (Sleuth)

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Have you heard?  The Child Life On Call mobile app for parents, kids and their care team will be available in 2022.  Sign up to stay informed here.

Child Life On Call is a community of parents and professionals that share ideas, stories and resources to help YOU navigate your child’s unique experiences. We give you strategies to support yourself and your family through life’s challenges.  We are so glad you are here.

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