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Professionals and Parents Praise Laurie Zelinger’s Book
"In over 40 years as a practicing Pediatrician, this is the most practical, down to earth and informative approach to the impending parent-child-hospital experience with a T&A that has come to my attention." —Philip S. Steinfeld, MD, FAAP
"My son’s recovery period was enhanced by advice from the manual, and thanks to Dr. Laurie, the bonding experience it created almost cancelled out the discomfort. He is now a strep-free, healthy boy!" — Rachayle Salzberg (parent)
"...a valuable guide for parents intending to provide emotional preparation and support to a child about to undergo a surgical procedure." —Richard H. Wexler, PhD President, New York State Psychological Association (2008)
Book #4 in the Growing With Love Series from
Loving Healing Press www.LovingHealing.com
Posted July 15, 2010
This is an excellent guide for parents whose child will (or might) undergo tonsillectomy and/or adenoidectomy. The author, a school psychologist, play therapist, and parent of four who has had one of her own sons experience this procedure, certainly knows what she is talking about.
This book is well organized and prepares a family to cope with these medical procedures. It comes with a useful preparation list, a bibliography for additional reading, and a caregiver's section that can be filled out with important medical info and kept handy. Dr. Laurie Zelinger gives practical advice every step of the way, showing parents what to expect from the day they are told their child will need the operation to post-surgery recovery.
For example, she states that when parents first get the news that their child needs surgery, it is best "not to discuss the topic on the ride home. Children do not need to hear both sides of a situation, or any concerns that you may have." How true! And how wise. This will avoid building fear in the child from the onset. I also loved the suggestion of providing the recovering child with a bell to summon the parent since they won't be able to call out. It seems the author thought of everything.
Throughout the advice found in the pages of this book, I saw respect for the child as a person. Although this book is not meant to be read to a child (I initially thought it was when I requested it for review because it was categorized under books for children of PreK age), the parent can still show the illustrations and summarize the explanations especially prepared for telling their children why they need to have their tonsils or adenoids removed.
This book is reassuring, comforting and helps to alleviate any fears regarding these procedures. I would highly recommend it to any parent who wants to be prepared to help their child face a difficult situation smoothly and confidently.
Posted May 11, 2009
Did you know that tonsillectomies and adenoidectomies (T&As) account for the second most common surgical procedure performed on children in the United States, and that they account for one-third of all surgeries performed under general anesthesia in the U.S.? Thus, if you are a parent of young children, there is a great possibility that your child may have a T&A. Based upon her own actual experience with her son Jordan's T&A, author Laurie Zelinger, who is a school psychologist and a private practice licensed psychologist, offers this manual to help navigate the necessary preparation by both parents and children for these common surgical procedures. This preparation is divided into four phases. Phase 1 is "Introducing the Topic to Your Child," which occurs one to two months before surgery. Phase 2 is "Tackling the Subject," and explains what to tell the child three to four weeks before surgery. Phase 3 is "Getting Closer, Getting Ready," with one to two weeks to go. And phase 4 is "The Day of Surgery--It's Here!" and what will follow in the recovery.
Neither of our sons have had a T&A, but when our older son Mark, who is now 18, was five, he had to undergo a year-long series of four surgeries to correct a problem with his left ear, so my wife and I are well aware of the need for young children to be properly prepared for such operations. The author does note, "If you do not have the luxury of several weeks of preparation, read through this manual in its entirety and select those recommendations that are practical for your lifestyle and time frame, condensing and accelerating the suggestions to fit your schedule." Also, while the book specifically deals with T&As, the book says, "Her time lines may also be used as a guide for children undergoing other hospital procedures." The "O, MY" in TonsillectOMY & AdenoidectOMY, which is Book #3 in the "Growing with Love" series from Loving Healing Press, is a great resource for any parents who have a child facing a surgical procedure to help prepare both the child and themselves for it.
Posted May 22, 2013
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