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This interactive CD-ROM game is for children aged 7-11 years of age who are having surgery. It teaches children about going to hospital and what happens when they have an operation. There are fun activities to do, lots of information for parents/guardians and five coping skills that teach the child how to relax and deal with fears about being in hospital. There is an accompanying activity book which helps children to practice these coping skills both at home and in hospital.
The activity book is currently unavailable
The five coping strategies are designed to assist children to deal with anxiety producing situations such as tests and procedures.The right preparation can make the experience more positive and rewarding.
The following links have children's programs in the areas of preparing for surgery, anaesthesia, IV, blood work and medical imaging. Medical words, staff and equipment differ between countries, please be aware of this when your child and you visit some of the links.
A booklet that has been written to help children and their parents understand how any pain experience may be managed while they are in hospital.
The booklet is designed in such a way that children can personalize it by drawing how they feel and documenting things such as the words they use for pain, as well as colouring in pictures within the book.
Written by: Kate Brereton a Nurse Consultant who has worked extensively in pain management and Leanne Hallowell an Educational Play Therapist with extensive paediatric and early childhood experience.
Illustrated by:Darren Pickering
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The booklet gives information about pain in children, how to recognise pain and what to do. It contains suggestions about things that help children with pain and how to prevent distress and fear. A Clinical Nurse Consultant with the Children's Pain Management Service at Royal Children's Hospital, together with three Pain Specialists from Canada have written the booklet for parents and health professionals about children's pain.