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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

Feb 16, 2022

Julie May has been a child life specialist for almost 20 years. She is here today to talk with us about how to talk to and support kids who have an adult in their lives who has an illness.  Julie talks about what Wonders and Worries does, and what is accessible for families today. You can get support anywhere in the United States completely for free! You won’t want to miss this episode, because Julie also shares how to read cues based on a child’s development, how to know if you have taken the conversation too far, if it’s time to play, or if they need any other intervention.   Julie is a wealth of knowledge, and I am so glad we get to learn from her.


In this episode, we talk about…

[2:02] Julie May’s personal and professional background

[4:52] Wonders and Worries: a pioneer program in the child life field

[8:42] Advice for parents who want to protect their child from their illness

[18:39] Developmental stages and what information children can handle

[25:17] Showing emotions in front of children

[28:29] Why Julie thinks it is so important to talk to kids about illness

[34:51] Getting involved with Wonders and Worries


Connect with Julie:


Wonders and Worries Website


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.