Pediatric Support Groups

Kidney Kids Support Group

This monthly meeting provides essential support through camaraderie, helping patients and caretakers cope through shared experiences. The group offers opportunities for members to connect and share with others, gain insight on how to cope with and adjust to a diagnosis, and learn about helpful resources in the community. The support group also increases the quality and quantity of support between doctor visits, leading to better self-management for patients and caretakers. The Hewell Kids Kidney Center Kidney Kids Support Group is open to the public and meets the last Thursday of each month from 5:45 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. The meeting is held at Arnold Palmer Hospital, on the first floor, classrooms 3 & 4. Free parking is available in the Patient and Visitor Parking Garage located next to the hospital’s main entrance on Miller Street. Valet parking is also available for $5. For more information, please contact Michael Schwing, MSW, LCSW, at 321.843.5938 or send an email to: [email protected]

Neonatal Parent Hour

This is an education group for parents whose child is currently a patient in the Winnie Palmer Hospital for Women & Babies NICU. The group meets the every Tuesday at 11 am at the Winnie Palmer Hospital NICU at 83 W. Miller St. To find out more, please call 321.841.1568.

Online Community for Families

When you’re a part of our community, you’re never alone. We’ve created a place where parents, patients and families can easily connect with one another to discuss their child’s illness, condition and treatment. Community members can share stories and updates and ask questions about the treatment and recovery process, within specific community groups. Community members can choose to join specific groups and follow updates from individual members, and will have the ability to publicly and privately communicate with other community members. Parents can view upcoming events related to their child’s condition and will have access to health resources provided by our specialists at the hospital to help navigate their child’s diagnosis and treatment. Join our online community now.

Perinatal/Neonatal Bereavement Support Group

This group offers ongoing support for grieving parents — and meets the second Tuesday of each month from 5:30 to 6:30 pm at Arnold Palmer Hospital, 92 W. Miller St. No advance registration is needed. For more information, please call 407.649.6947.

Pediatric Oncology Parent Support Group

This monthly meeting is an opportunity for parents and caregivers of children with a cancer diagnosis to give each other support during this very difficult and stressful experience. The group is open to parents and any family member, or friend of the family, who would like to attend to share their story or simply listen to the experiences of fellow patients of the Arnold Palmer Hospital Haley Center for Children’s Cancer and Blood Disorders. The Pediatric Oncology Parent Support Group is open to the public and meets on the first Wednesday of every month from 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. The meeting is held at the Haley Center for Children’s Cancer and Blood Disorders on the second floor of Arnold Palmer Hospital in the clinical waiting room. Food is provided. Please note: childcare is not available. For more information, please contact Autumn Wallen, LCSW, at 321.841.1492 or send an email to: [email protected]