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Is your child about to have surgery? Take a pre-surgery tour


Whether you’re 5 or 15, going for surgery can be scary. Taking a pre-surgery tour beforehand can make a surgery less frightening for your child. If your child has a scheduled surgery you can request a tour from one of our certified child life specialists. A child life specialist helps children and families understand what to expect before, during and…

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Hello, It's Nice to Meet You – Nikki Walls Child Life Specialist

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This month we’re celebrating our Child Life Specialists.  Meet Child Life Specialist Nikki Walls. Nikki specializes in supporting children and their families in multiple outpatient services at TMC for Children. She also teaches the Big Brother, Big Sister class – a class to help children adjust to the arrival of a new baby to their family.  How long have you been…

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WARNING: Not telling your child about an upcoming surgery can hurt

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In our recent post Teddy Bear Clinic-Demystifying Hospital we shared a few tips about how to approach an upcoming hospital visit, but when to tell your child? Can it be too soon, too late? Caitlin Jackson, Child Life Specialist, specializes in supporting families as they prepare for and recover from surgery. She provides the following information from TMC for Children’s…

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Hello, It's Nice to Meet You – Caitlin Jackson, Child Life Specialist

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This month we’re celebrating our Child Life Specialists. Meet Child Life Specialist Caitlin. Caitlin specializes in supporting children and their families as the children prepare and recover from surgery or stay in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit. How long have you been in Tucson, what brought you here? I have lived in Tucson now for a little over a year…

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Bear Goes to Surgery-Countdown Day Two

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Nobody likes having surgery, but understanding the process helps make the experience a positive one – especially for children. Whether inpatient surgery or ambulatory (same-day) surgery, children and their parents can tour the hospital to gain an understanding of how things will proceed. If your child requires sedation, surgeons work closely with dedicated pediatric anesthesiologists and a child-life specialist is available…

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