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Your Child's Surgery

How can I help my school-aged child?
  • Ask questions and stay informed. The more comfortable you are, the more comfortable your child will be. Attend a surgery tour, if possible.
  • Prepare school age children about a few weeks in advance. This will allow children the appropriate amount of time to process the information and ask questions.
  • Provide honest, developmentally appropriate information about your child's surgery. For example, Why do they need to have surgery? When is the surgery going to happen?
  • Use a play doctor's kit, hospital book or the KidSpeak app to help your child express his or her feelings about the surgery.
  • Allow choices where choices exist. For example, What do you want to bring on the day of surgery? What color would you like your cast to be?