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Parents share their journeys and experiences related to having a child with an illness or medical condition. These powerful, and sometimes emotional, stories offer connection in what can typically feel like an isolating world. Visit www.childlifepodcast.com or email info@childlifepodcast.com to share your story.

Child Life On Call: Parents of children with an illness or medical condition share their stories with a child life specialist Katie Taylor, Certified Child Life Specialist

    • Parenting
    • 4.9 • 63 Ratings

Parents share their journeys and experiences related to having a child with an illness or medical condition. These powerful, and sometimes emotional, stories offer connection in what can typically feel like an isolating world. Visit www.childlifepodcast.com or email info@childlifepodcast.com to share your story.

    Lisa's Story - A daughter with Sickle Cell Anemia

    Lisa's Story - A daughter with Sickle Cell Anemia

    Lisa is mom to Riley, a two-year-old living with Sickle Cell Anemia. 

    She says that she can handle the frequent trips to the ER, but watching her daughter in pain is a feeling no mother should have to experience. Lisa says prayer, family support, and educating herself about Sickle Cell helps her cope with the realities of her daughter's condition.

    • 47 min
    Ashlyn's Story - A son with VACTERL association

    Ashlyn's Story - A son with VACTERL association

    Meet Ashlyn, momma to her sweet and smiley boy, Myles. Myles was born with a rare disease that effects his limbs and other parts of his body. These symptoms are known as VACTERL association. 

    As a self-proclaimed “planner," Ashlyn talks about the difficulties of having so many unknowns during her pregnancy and how she coped... and is coping... with their journey. She attributes her strong partnership with her husband and prayer as key components to getting through difficult times. 

    • 1 hr 4 min
    Maura Senneff's Story - A son with Down syndrome

    Maura Senneff's Story - A son with Down syndrome

    Maura Senneff, mom to sweet Ryan. Ryan is a thriving 8-year-old boy who has Down syndrome. The amazing advocate by his side, his momma Maura Senneff, describes that “zooming out” and looking at things from wide lens helped them turn Ryan’s health around.

    She talks about small changes and the "no limits" attitude their family lives by.

    • 1 hr 11 min
    Dominique's Story - A daughter born three months premature

    Dominique's Story - A daughter born three months premature

    Katie talks to Dominique, mom to Mila, who shares her birth story and NICU experience. Born at just 1lb 11ounces at 26 weeks old, Mila has made tremendous progress thanks to proactive parents, therapies and her momma's un conditional love. 

    Dominique talks about the fear that comes with being an African American pregnant woman in the healthcare setting as well as the impact that sharing her story and community has had on her ability to cope with their journey.

    • 35 min
    A conversation about anti-racism and diversity in the field of Child Life

    A conversation about anti-racism and diversity in the field of Child Life

    Katie interviews Meg and Jess, two certified child life specialists who also have dual certifications in rec therapy and nursing! These two ladies host a podcast called Don't Worry Bout My Hair and they are your @friendswithfros!

    We tackle tough questions that are way overdue in the field of child life about diversity in the field, what black family's may experience when being cared for by limited diversity hospital staff, and more.

    • 39 min
    Jessica's Story - A son with Autism

    Jessica's Story - A son with Autism

    In this episode, Katie, Certified Child Life Specialist, interviews Jessica, mom to two special needs children and one of which who is on the Autism spectrum. Jessica is also an adult clinical neuropsychologist and also hosts a podcast with her husband called, Thriving in the Midst of Chaos.

    Jessica discusses their journey to get a diagnosis, how they are coping with virtual therapy during covid19, and provides great resources and information about the Autism community.

    • 46 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
63 Ratings

63 Ratings

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Mom of 3

powerful message INSPIRING to ALL!
No Limits!

frijolmama ,

Maura’s Story A Mother of a Child with Downs Syndrome

This is an inspiring story for all, those of us with children and even those of us who face our own personal challenges in life! What a great way to approach any challenge; positive and consistent and innovative in a world in which we think we have tried it all already- so motivating. Thank you for sharing.

schenk ,

Such an incredible story

Loved listening to this story and all the efforts put into working towards getting Ryan to his healthiest self. Seems so simple to take a step back and look at someone as a child vs a chid w/Down syndrome- but so easy to get caught up on the initial diagnosis. I know with the support of his amazing family, big things are in store for that sweet hearted child!! Keep up the good work, Senneff’s - and you keep working hard, Ryan! 💙

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