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.

A hospital stay can be a terrifying experience for a child – especially those with cancer and other life-changing illnesses. 20% of young children, 49% of adolescents, and over 30% of moms experience moderate to severe symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) following a hospital stay. The good news? Research shows trauma can be minimized and outcomes can be improved through experiences that reduce stress and build resilience. 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 the Coping Space provides a variety of resources to assist children and their families in dealing with the stresses of this experience.

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What to Expect

In the hours, days and even months after your child’s diagnosis or injury, you will likely find you do not feel “like yourself”.  Why is this happening? What can you do?

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Age Matters

Depending on your 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 you may hear a lot of people refer to your child as resilient. You may wonder what that means or how you can make that stronger in your child(ren), spouse or even yourself.

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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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