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About: Laura

Laura Sufka, MA, CCLS is a Certified Child Life Specialist and Founder of Children’s Coping Connection, LLC.  She received her undergraduate degrees in Human Services and Child Psychology and her Masters degree in Education from St. Mary’s University of Minnesota.  As a Certified Child Life specialist, Laura works with children, teens, and families that have experienced acute or chronic illness, trauma, disability, loss, bereavement, and other challenging life events.  Laura’s extensive experience in the field spans over 24 years including inpatient and outpatient work at Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota, and M Health’s Masonic Children’s Hospital, Fairiview.  Her dedication to the field of Child Life led to co-founding the Minnesota Child Life Coalition, teaching as an adjunct professor at the University of Minnesota’s Institute of Child Development, authoring for Play In Hospitals: Real Life Perspectives, and speaking internationally.   


In Laura’s spare time she can be found baking delicious treats,     

exploring the great outdoors and creating memories with her 

supportive husband and three adventurous kids.

About: Carin

Carin Hanson is a Certified Child Life Specialist with 17 years of experience.  She received her BA in Psychology from the College of St. Benedict in St. Joseph, Minnesota.  She has supported children and their families in inpatient, clinic, and emergency capacities at M Health Fairview Masonic Children's Hospital in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and Jeff Gordon Children's Hospital in Concord, North Carolina.  Carin is a certified Sibshops facilitator, with experience leading a monthly program to support the young siblings of those with serious healthcare needs.  Her experience also includes serving children of adults with serious illness, and children survivors of trauma and abuse. 

Carin's unique training and experiences guide her in the practice of working with children to help them gain solid understanding of medical diagnoses and treatment, identify and express emotions, and increase coping skills.  Carin utilizes therapeutic play, expressive creative arts, and nature to support families experiencing the challenging circumstances associated with medical needs, loss, and grief.

Carin and her husband are raising 3 kids in an adoptive, transracial, neurodivergent, loud and loving home.  In her spare time, you'll find Carin nestled on the couch with a cup of tea and a book, or outdoors enjoying nature on a hike or bike ride with her family.

Services ( In-home, In-office and Telehealth)

As Child Development experts, Children's Coping Connection is passionate about play in the lives of children, teens, and their families.  Play is an essential therapeutic part of  their work within the community they serve.  The areas of interest are:

What will care look like? 

Children's Coping Connection uses evidence-based developmentally appropriate interventions to address coping and understanding, while minimizing stress using modalities such as:

Why does treatment work with Children's Coping Connection?  

Children's Coping connection has the natural ability to build rapport with children, teens, and families they are meeting for the first time.  They are mindful in creating a safe space for children to gain their trust in order to identify, learn, process, and develop healthy coping strategies.  Strategies that will be used before, during or after challenging circumstances.  Children's Coping Connection approaches each situation with respect and empathy , celebrating all levels of progress gained towards empowerment and mastery of a future goal. 

How to get started!

Set up a FREE phone consultation.  This will be a time to gather information and assess your needs.  The next session will be direct interventions with your child in-office, at your home, or Telehealth.   Sessions can be conducted individually with children or with the whole family.

As a self-pay, fee-for-service provider, we are unable to accept medical insurance payments at this time.   

*Please note that we are not licensed to provide a mental health diagnosis*

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Serving the western suburbs of the Twin Cities, Minnesota

PO Box 516 Waconia, MN 55387

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