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Audrey Fuhrer

Audrey Fuhrer

Certified Child Life Specialist

Audrey currently works as a Child Life Specialist in the Pediatrics and PICU units but will soon be moving to the surgery center and outpatient radiology (starting April 22). Child Life Specialists provide developementally appropriate education and preparation to pediatric patients and their families to promote coping throughout their hospitalization. Audrey received her Bachelor's degree in Human Development and Family Sciences with an emphasis in Child Development from The University of Texas at Austin.

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How to prepare your child for surgery

Surgery can be a stress and anxiety producing event for anyone, let alone a child. At Swedish, Child Life Specialists help children and families cope with the surgery process. Child Life Specialists are available to help educate and prepare children and families prior to surgery in our outpatient surgery center.

There are some things you can do as a parent to help better prepare yourself and your child for surgery before coming to the hospital:

  • Talk to your healthcare provider to educate yourself about the surgery process and what to expect.
  • Talk to your child in advance about their surgery in an honest, matter-of-fact manner. Younger children need to start hearing about their upcoming surgery 2-3 days prior to their visit. School age and teenage children can handle talking about their surgery a few weeks in advance. Using books and similar resources can be helpful in talking to your child about their surgery.
  • Offer children some control wherever possible. Have your child ....
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