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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 2, 2022

Today’s 12 minute talk became a 20+ minute talk, and Cara Smith and I discussed how parents can connect with their children after a disaster. Cara is an amazing pioneer in the child life field, and she has valuable tips both for child life specialists as well as for parents in the wake of a natural disaster, a pandemic, or any other stressful event.

In this episode, we talk about…

[1:41] Cara’s background

[4:18] Burnout as a child life specialist

[6:44] Cara’s experience working with children in the wake of a traumatic event

[14:13] Supporting caregivers after a disaster

[21:39] Giving children the tools to be resilient

[24:29] Learning more about working as a child life specialist in disaster relief

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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.