To many parents, it is hard to imagine a more upsetting reality than one where their child is hospitalized, severely sick, or terminally ill. In When Your Child is Sick, psychosocial counselor Joanna Breyer distills decades of experience working with sick children and their families into a comprehensive guide for navigating the uncharted and frightening terrain. She provides expert advice to guide them through the hospital setting, at-home care, and long-term outcomes.
Breyer's actionable techniques and direct advice will help parents feel more in-control of a circumstance that has upended their life. She alerts parents to key personnel in the hospital, gives dialogue prompts to help parents ask for the help they need, addresses the needs of their other children at home, offers advice on how to best utilize friends and family who want to help, includes stories from other families who have been there, and teaches coping techniques to help both parents and children weather the stress of prolonged illness and even death.
When Your Child is Sick is a valuable guide to managing the myriad practical and emotional complications of an impossible situation.
|Publisher:||Penguin Publishing Group|
|Product dimensions:||5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.20(d)|
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Table of Contents
Part 1 On Treatment
Chapter 1 Entering the Medical World 3
Chapter 2 How You Cope in the Hospital 21
Chapter 3 Babies, Toddlers, and Preschool Children 41
Chapter 4 School-Age Children and Adolescents 55
Chapter 5 Your Other Children 67
Chapter 6 When to Consult with a Psychosocial Clinician 78
Chapter 7 An Introduction to Coping Techniques 86
Chapter 8 Coping Techniques: Breathing and Relaxation 94
Chapter 9 Distraction and Affirmations 104
Chapter 10 Imagery and Self-Hypnosis 114
Chapter 11 Making Plans to Manage a Procedure 123
Chapter 12 Taking Medications 131
Chapter 13 A Stem Cell Transplant 146
Chapter 14 Stem Cell Transplants: Siblings as Donors 164
Chapter 15 When You Get Home 172
Part II Survivorship
Chapter 16 Transition to Survivorship 191
Chapter 17 Childhood Cancer Survivors 198
Chapter 18 Emotional Effects of a Serious Childhood Illness 225
Chapter 19 Healthy Living 242
Chapter 20 When Your Child Becomes an Adult: The Transition to Adult Medical Care 248
Part III When Your Child's Treatment Does Not Work
Chapter 21 Challenges for Parents 267
Chapter 22 Giving Your Child Bad News 284
Chapter 22 Grief and Bereavement 309
A Resources from Foundations, Organizations, or Government Agencies 332
B Online Support and Information Websites 359
Bibliography for Parents 393
Children's Book List 400