Please Explain Tonsillectomy and Adenoidectomy to Me

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.

Available to buy from…  |  |   Barnes and Noble  |   GPlay  |   Hardcover

From Loving Healing Press

Book Review

As a child, I remember hearing my parents and doctor talking about the potential for tonsillectomy and adenoidectomy surgery. They used terms that I didn’t understand at age 10. It would have been wonderful to have this book to explain the entire process. The cover makes the book more inviting than traditional pamphlets or printed resources that your physician often provides. It’s very accurate and full of information that bring the surgery to an understandable level by a child (as well as a parent!). The preparation list is an amazing asset to help kids learn about the pre-surgery process. A list of complications is also included without the intention of scaring a patient but rather, to prepare them of the reality of surgery. This is a great resource for parents, as well as teachers, to help younger children understand the process, outcome, and reasoning behind the surgery. 

I have volunteered to share my review and all the opinions are 100% my own.


“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


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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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