Jean Hartford-Todd, CCLS
Certified Child Life Specialist
Duke University Medical Center
DUMC Box 3624
Durham, NC 27710
Tel: (919) 684-2913
Fax: (919) 668-7884
Ms. Hartford-Todd provides support and education to adult patients with brain tumors and their family members regarding the needs of children and teenagers in the family. Services include:
Support and education to patients and/or adult family members regarding children's understanding of illness at different ages; talking with children about the illness and treatment in an age appropriate and honest manner; and helping parents determine when a child might benefit from getting ongoing professional counseling in the home community.
Age appropriate support, education, and activities with children and teens regarding brain tumors; treatments; changes in family life related to the illness experience; emotions related to the serious illness of a family member; and developing positive coping and communication skills about the illness experience
Support and information related to end of life issues, grief, and referrals to bereavement support services in the home community.
Information on local Durham resources for family outings, entertainment, child friendly restaurants, etc.