Child coping program expands to Williamson County

Wonders & Worries is expanding.

Wonders and Worries is a group that helps children cope when a parent is suffering from a serious illness.

They already serve more than 250 families a year, with about 25 percent of those coming from Williamson County.

That’s why the non-profit is expanding by opening an office in Georgetown.

"This is huge for us,” said Executive Director Meredith Cooper.

10-year-old Reese Bain showed how a stethoscope works, something she learned while trying to cope with her mom Shelly's diagnosis of breast cancer.

"The first thing you worry about is how are the kids going to handle this,” said Bain.

As part of the program Wonders and Worries, Bain learned about breast cancer and talked about how she was feeling.

"We would talk about how we were scared,” said Bain.

She said it was helpful.

"I would talk to my friends and they wouldn't understand, like they would try to help but they wouldn't know what to say," said Bain.

Cooper said they’re excited to open the new Williamson County location. She said it can be difficult for a parent to take their child to a place for support while they’re going to their own doctor’s appointments and treatments.

Wonders and Worries offers private one on one counseling sessions or group sessions.

It’s based on a curriculum of six sessions.

"The third session we focus on feelings,” said Program Director Kim Fryar.

Fryar said the sessions focus on teaching the child about his or her parents illness and treatment, as well as talking about their emotions and feelings, and how to cope.

"They're trying to be strong, they're trying to hold it all together,” said Fryar.

8-year-old Wallace Knapp talked about the treatment his grandmother gets while fighting cancer.

"This port basically just puts all the medicine in,” said Knapp.

His mother Kim said the diagnosis really affected him.

"We noticed immediately that there was a change in his personality that indicated that there was something wrong,” said Knapp.

But she said the Wonders and Worries sessions helped open a line of communication.

"They gave him the words that he needed to express how he felt,” said Knapp.

Round Rock Express president Chris Almendarez said the organization benefitted his family while his wife Jana battled brain cancer.

"Our biggest concern was our kids and there are all kinds of questions, what should we do, what should we not do,” said Almendarez.

He said his son went to Wonders and Worries for support. Tuesday, Almendarez helped the organization open the Williamson County location.

If you want to find out more, go to their website here.

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