Please Explain Tonsillectomy and Adenoidectomy to Me by Laurie Zelinger and Perry Zelinger Book Tour!

Please Explain Tonsillectomy and Adenoidectomy to Me by Laurie Zelinger and Perry Zelinger



Nearly 500,000 adenotonsillectomies will be performed on children this year. 

Will you be ready? The new 3rd Edition of this bestselling book helps parents understand and organize the necessary medical and emotional components that accompany their child’s surgery. In an easy to follow timeline for events prior to and following a tonsillectomy and/or adenoidectomy, the authors provide reassuring and accurate guidance that eases the process for the patient and family. As caregivers, you will:

- Get the facts about tonsils and adenoids in simple terms.
- Reduce your own anxiety about surgery and recovery.
- Learn how to best support your child through the medical and emotional events surrounding the procedure.
- Have scripts available to guide your conversations with all of your children.
- Discover the sequence of events leading up to surgery and how to prepare for them.
- Find out what you need to have at home while your child recuperates.
- Understand and respond to any unforeseen complications.
- Become confident that you have maximized your child’s comfort and adjustment during the weeks surrounding surgery 

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"A handy and valuable guide for parents who face the ultimate decision to have their child undergo a surgery, this book unravels the fear, answers the questions and makes it understandable and reassuring. It is much needed in the field and its joyful illustrations make it easy to follow and comprehend." -- Donna Geffner, Ph.D., Ed.D (Hon.), CCC-SP/A, Past president of the American Speech-Language Hearing Association (ASHA) 

"When reading the book, you feel as if Dr. Laurie is right in front of you and leading you through the whole process. This book provides a useful, simple and straight forward approach for parents and children to deal with the anxiety that precedes any surgery." -- Zev Ash, M.D., F.A.A.P. (pediatrician)


"As owners and directors of a nursery school and summer camp for the past 27 years, we are often asked how to prepare a child for a medical procedure. This book is an excellent roadmap for parents on preparing not only your child, but also yourself, for a scary and often intimidating experience."Adam & Amy Langbart, owners of /Merrick Woods Country Day School and Camp, Merrick, NY 

"The use of actual possible scripts to use with your child to help explain procedures and ease a child’s anxiety, well organized helpful to-do lists and timelines serve to make this a required read and practical guide for parents or any caregiver with a child about to undergo a tonsillectomy and adenoidectomy." Steven H. Blaustein Ph.D, CCC, BCS-CL, Speech-Language Pathologist, Board Certified Specialist - Child Language 

"This book spells out in clear and concise language what parents need to know and how to prepare children for the surgery. Suggestions on how to talk to children in developmentally appropriate language will be especially helpful to parents. I enthusiastically recommend this book to parents of children facing this medical procedure." David A. Crenshaw, Ph.D., ABPP, Board Certified Clinical Psychologist, Author, Clinical Director of the Children's Home of Poughkeepsie

Fig. 2: Uvula as an acrobat – illustration for children Click on image for a larger view

***My Review***
Very cute little book that has a TON of information in it. Perfect for kids and parents because it gives the parents some very good advice on what to do, how to handle the situation, how to allay their fears and how to help them after the surgery. I had a tonsillectomy when I was about 11 years old, I struggled for years with tonsillitis before having the surgery and I don't remember much about it except that I was happy I got to eat ice cream, pudding and jello all day long :) But naturally, kids are terrified of going into a surgery and even more terrified when they come out and are in pain. This book gives every explanation for parents about reasons for needing a tonsillectomy such as of course tonsillitis, but also because there may be obstructed airways or snoring - things that may NOT require surgery to fix. So it's not just a book to help you talk to your kids, it's also a great book to keep around for the extra information. It speaks about ENT doctors, Otolaryngologists and much more. I also love that it gives you the time frame in which you have to talk to your child about the surgery. Starting with about 1 month before surgery all the way up to going into the doctor for the surgery. It even gives parents dialogue to use to help their child better understand what the tonsils are and what will happen. We all know that our children would be scared of something like this. My daughter is now 12 and she has luckily NOT had these problems yet like I did. My younger brother never had them either, just me. I also however was the one who got the asthma and allergies, so that is also a factor in needing your tonsils removed. Perhaps the best part of the book is the "Ultimate Preparation List" - which gives parents a full list of everything they will need for this experience - starting with clearance letters, medical insurance info and pre-approval, things that will be needed before and after the surgery. One thing I love about this is that they suggest getting the game "Operation", which is one that I played so often as a child but have never gotten one for my daughter. Of course if you were one kid who played Operation, you might remember that you get to take out all of the body parts and it helps teach children how to identify parts of the body as well :)  Overall this is a great book for parents, I would HIGHLY recommend picking up a copy and reading it - and I plan on getting the other books as well because I think the anxiety and terrorism books would be priceless for me!


More books by the author

Releasing April 2019!!
Dr. Zelinger's next book will be Please Explain "Time Out" To Me: A Story for Children and Do-It-Yourself Manual for Parents 

About the Author
Dr. Laurie Zelinger, Diplomate, is a Board Certified Psychologist with a specialty in School Psychology, and a Registered Play Therapist with forty years' experience. She is a licensed New York State psychologist who recently retired from a Long Island public school system and is now devoting her time exclusively to writing, consulting, and her busy private practice. Dr. Laurie's previous books include: "Please Explain Anxiety to Me: Simple Biology and Solutions for Children and Parents," The "O MY" in TonsillectOMY & AdenoidectOMY: How to Prepare Your Child for Surgery (in its second edition), A Smart Girl's Guide to Liking Herself Even on the Bad Days for American Girl, and a chapter on selective mutism in the compendium, School Based Play Therapy (second edition). She is also credited with being a consultant for the Bitty Baby book series by American Girl where she assisted in the development of the "For Parents" sections, as well as editorial development of another American Girl book. Dr. Laurie's interest in writing began in 4th grade, when a play she wrote was performed by students in her public school. Dr. Zelinger is a fellow and elected officer in the nationally based American Academy of School Psychology and spent four years on the Executive Board of the New York Association of Play Therapy. As a media referral specialist for the American Psychological Association, she has contributed to nearly 200 venues regarding child development. Dr. Laurie and her psychologist husband, Dr. Fred, are both certified Red Cross Disaster Mental Health volunteers. They have been happily married for over thirty-five years and have raised four children. You can learn more about Dr. Zelinger and her books at DrZelinger dot com. 

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