A guide for parents and families
As clinical social workers who work in the field of serious illness, we understand how difficult it is to talk to your children and teens about illness. What to say, when, how to say it; worrying about creating anxiety and so many more questions come up.
This guide can provide you with real suggestions and a framework for thinking about how your child/teen may react. We also have activities we suggest to help during this time.
With over 35 years of experience, we have worked with hundreds of adults who are dealing with serious illness and their children or teens. We understand the evidence based literature in addition to practical hands on experience with many families during this challenging time.
There are many on line resources for you and we direct you to many of them. Each situation is different and one size does not fit all. We can help you to think about what you may need, resources to look for and assurance.
Helping Children Cope When Someone They Love has a Serious Illness
by Vickie Leff, LCSW, APHSW-C
Anne Kelemen, LICSW, APHSW-C
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