Compassionate Care during Wellness Visits
Due to their developmental stages and previous experiences, children may have different reactions to seeing a medical professional. These may not always be positive and can cause challenges for healthcare providers. Developing a therapeutic relationship by techniques such as developmentally appropriate communication can lead to easier interactions, and promote the child’s understanding of medical visits.
Shani Thornton, MS, CCLS works in private practice in the Placer County and Sacramento region of California. She provides in-home child life services to families and leads workshops in the community.
She launched a child life and parenting blog/website in 2013, called ChildLifeMommy.com to provide resources to parents, child life specialists and medical providers.
Shani is an adjunct faculty member for the Graduate Child Life Program at Bank Street College of Education. She is the social media and marketing manager for Standish Foundation, a nonprofit focusing on family-centered healthcare practices.
Shani has written a children’s preparation book for a wellness visit, ‘It’s Time For Your Checkup: What to Expect When Going to a Doctor Visit’, made available in paperback or digital format on Amazon.
She is also the private practice chair member for the Association for Child Life Professionals Community-Based Non-Traditional Role Committee.