About

The Super Safe Kids curricula are aligned with evidence-based practices and national safety initiatives. The materials focus on family participation and self-advocacy as tools to improve safety for children, especially those with disabilities or complex medical needs.

Written by a patient advocate and educational psychologist who is also the parent of a medically complex child with a disability, Super Safe Kids books and tools engage children and families in improving safety and quality in the hospital, in the community, and at home.

Super Safe Kids books are written in language that is easily understood by children; the books are great in homes, schools and health care settings because they encourage discussion and practice of safe and healthy habits. For safety in the hospital, the community or at home, Super Safe Kids books are aimed at empowering children and their families to understand important health and safety issues and to self-advocate for better outcomes, while promoting health literacy and the development of independent living skills.


About the Author, Charisse N. Montgomery, M.A., M.Ed., GPAC

Charisse Montgomery is the author of the Super Safe Kids book series and curricula. The parent of a child with complex health needs, she creates materials that help children and their families improve safety and advocacy in the hospital, the community and the home.

A former educator, Charisse Montgomery has bachelor’s and master’s degrees in English, along with a master’s degree in Educational Psychology with research focused on informing and empowering parents of medically fragile children. She completed a graduate certificate in Patient Advocacy and serves on the Board of Directors at University Hospitals Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital, where she is also on the safety committee and is past-president of the hospital’s Patient and Family Partnership Council. In addition to her work at her local children’s hospital, Charisse works with Ohio’s Solutions for Patient Safety family engagement group. She is part of the Global Patient and Family Advisory Board for the Beryl Institute, and she is the project coordinator for the Beryl Institute’s Patient Experience Policy Forum. A member of the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services Person and Family Engagement Committee, Charisse has been recognized for volunteerism and advocacy in the healthcare setting.

Charisse has written for Complex Child magazine and Rainbow & Me, a health care system newsletter focused on patient and family engagement in healthcare, in addition to a blog series called Teachable Moments that she wrote for ProMedica HealthConnect.  Charisse Montgomery on LinkedIn


About the Author, Richard (Richie) T. Montgomery, III

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Richie Montgomery is an elementary student who lives in Ohio. Richie enjoys reading, watching race cars and learning. Richie wants to be an astronaut and a physicist when he grows up. The Spine Surgery Book for Kids is Richie’s first experience with book authorship, and he looks forward to writing more books in the future.


About the Illustrator, Jason Smithery

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Jason Smithery is a digital artist living in central Maryland. He enjoys drawing and playing video games.


About the Illustrator, Davina Westbrook

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Davina Westbrook, raised in Omaha, Nebraska, has been drawing since she was nine years old. Davina is a Scholastic Art and Writing Award Gold Key winner, and won with her piece entitled, “The Parlor.” Davina is attending high school and looking forward to higher education with a major in sports nutrition.


Special thanks to

  • Richard Montgomery II, EdD
  • Claudia Hoyen, MD
  • Rose Dues, PT
  • Kodi Pride, MOT, OTR/L
  • Chris Hardesty, MD
  • Connie Poe-Kochert, CNP
  • Performance Improvement Committee, Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital, Cleveland, Ohio
  • Daniel Craven, MD and the Pediatric Tracheostomy Team at University Hospitals Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital
  • Kathleen Burkett, Patient-family partner
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