laura sulfka


Laura Sufka, MA, CCLS is a Certified Child Life Specialist and Founder and Owner of Children’s Coping Connection, LLC.  She received her undergraduate and Masters degree 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 22 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.


As a Child Development expert, Laura is passionate about play in the lives of children, teens, and their families and sees it as an essential therapeutic part of her work within the community she serves. Her areas of interest are:


  • Support Advocacy for Children/Teens Experiencing Challenging Life Events
  • Coping/Processing of Traumatic events
  • Grief/Loss/Bereavement
  • 1:1 Parent Support and Collaboration
  • Support for a Child or Teen with an Acute or Chronic Illness
  • Sibling Support/Sibling Support Groups
  • Medical/Dental Phobia or Anxiety
  • Children/Teens of Adults Experiencing Illness
  • School Re-Entry/Education


Laura uses evidence-based developmentally appropriate interventions to address coping and understanding, while minimizing stress using modalities such as:


  • Therapeutic Play/Writing
  • Medical Play/Exploration
  • Expressive Art/Music
  • Loose Parts/Nature Play
  • Bibliotherapy
  • Movement Opportunities (Basketball/Boxing/Nature Walks)


Laura has a natural ability to build rapport with children, teens, and families she is meeting for the first time. She is mindful in creating a safe space for them to gain her trust in order to identify, learn, process, and develop healthy coping strategies before, during or after challenging circumstances. Laura approaches each situation with respect and empathy and celebrates all levels of progress gained towards empowerment and mastery of a future goal.


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

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