Q & A with Child Life Specialist
Cinda McDonald, RDH, CCLS, M.Ed.
Cinda McDonald is a Certified Child Life Specialist working in the state of Texas. Cinda’s educational and professional background includes a bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Child Development, employment for six years as a child life specialist at Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children, and a master’s degree in Early Childhood Special Education. Cinda has also worked with Community Hospice of Texas, and she was a key player in two studies conducted by the Texas A&M Health Science Center exploring the use of child life in dentistry.
At Texas Scottish Rite Hostpital, Cinda worked with a number of children suffering from JM. Here are some of the most common questions she has been asked by parents of children with JM.
What is a Child Life Specialist and how can one help my child?
My child has just been diagnosed with JM, and I don't know where to begin or how to explain this to him. What do I do?
As a follow-up, I am so overwhelmed and can hardly talk about it myself, should I have a friend do it? Would it be better to wait and explain in a few weeks when I think I can do it without crying?
Is it better to spring a procedure on a child or to talk to them about it before?
We are going to be in the hospital for my child to get a muscle biopsy soon. Do you have suggestions on how to talk to him about what will be happening? He has never been in the hospital before and is already afraid.
My JM child will be getting weekly methotrexate injections. She is terrified of needles and I know it is going to be very hard on both of us. Seeing her cry will surely cause me to cry too. Do you have any suggestions or tips?
What are some ways to prepare my child for getting her IV started?