Welcome to the Coping Space

An online resource and support site offering coping strategies and tips related to a child’s life-changing illness or injury.

Welcome to the Coping Space

An online resource and support site offering coping strategies and tips related to a child’s life-changing illness or injury.

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Your child has just been diagnosed with a life changing illness or injury. You may feel scared, shocked, or question how this will affect your family and how you will deal.

Your child has just been diagnosed with a life changing illness or injury. You may feel scared, shocked, or question how this will affect your family and how you will deal.

Your child has just been diagnosed with a life changing illness or injury. You may feel scared, shocked, or question how this will affect your family and how you will deal.

Thank you for visiting the Coping Space.

At Case for Smiles, everything we do is designed to walk alongside families as they cope with the trauma of childhood illness or injury. We understand this is a difficult time for families and children, and Coping Space provides a variety of resources to assist children and their families in dealing with the stresses of this experience. You may have reached our site at the suggestion of hospital staff to help you navigate your child’s illness or injury, and to care for yourself and your family. Perhaps you are a friend, member of the community, or school personnel and you are unsure of how to best help a family whose child has been diagnosed with a life-changing illness or injury. Whether you are a caregiver, community member or school- Coping Space has resources to help guide you during this time.

To ensure the highest quality care, we have partnered with PTSD experts at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children to create valuable web-based information and tools designed for each member of the family’s unique experience.

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What to Expect

In the hours, days and even months after a child’s diagnosis or injury, caregivers will likely find that they do not feel “like themselves”.  They may ask: Why is this happening? What can I do?

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Age Matters

Depending on a child’s age, including developmental age, you may notice different types of reactions to their illness or injury. Younger children tend to SHOW you that they are upset, rather than tell you.

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Resilience

Throughout the healthcare journey caregivers may hear a lot of people refer to a child as resilient. They may wonder what that means or how they can make that stronger in child(ren), spouse or even themselves.

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Help for Parents

No one expects life-changing illness or injuries to happen. And when it’s your child, it’s normal to feel upset, worried, or alone. Take time to deal with your own feelings. It will be harder to help your child if you are worried or upset. Learn more about coping strategies and general tips for helping you and your family.

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Caregiver Worksheet

Throughout your child’s healthcare journey your family will meet a lot of people. You may find it helpful to make a list of all of the healthcare professionals who are involved in your child’s care. Download this worksheet to help keep track of it all your child’s healthcare team.

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