Today, I found myself working very hard for my pay check as I printed out pictures of these two for a teenage girl to use as distraction...
Wednesday, November 13, 2013
Sometimes the best technique I can utilize whether for pain, coping, or anxiety is distraction. We can all be distracted by something and, as a child life specialist, I take my job very seriously as I work to uncover the specific distraction that works for each patient. For toddlers it can include bubbles, singing, or light up toys. For school aged children, I often gravitate toward the iPad, a game, or craft. For teens, a good distraction might be talking about their favorite movie, listening to music, or an activity. Whatever that topic is, I must work to find how I can utilize it as I attempt to distract from an unpleasant experience.