Resources for Children and Young Adults
- You are the boss of your brain
An entertaining video guide to learn about how pain works and how to have more control over your pain, your body and your experience during medical procedures.
Directed by Dr Jody Thomas for Stanford Children’s Health and Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital.
- Meg Foundation
The Meg Foundation is a great resource to help you learn how to prevent and relieve pain. The resources include techniques to manage procedural pain across all age groups, from infants to young adults. The content is free to access and includes animated material, video demonstrations of techniques, and downloadable cognitive aids with a clear stepwise approach. https://www.megfoundationforpain.org/
This series of audio guides are designed to teach children and young adults about using techniques of focus and imagination to feel better and manage situations and emotions. These guides are based on the concepts introduced in “You are the Boss of Your Brain” animation – learning how pain works and how to have more control over your pain, body and mind and experience during medical procedures.
‘Imaginaction is a skill that uses our natural ability to focus and be absorbed in experiences to help feel better in some way.’
Imaginaction is part imagination, because it’s something you can do in your brain. But it is also part action, because it literally changes your experience in your body. Another name for it is self-hypnosis. The audio guides include techniques for relaxation, being in control of your feelings, improving sleep, feeling less anxious, more comfortable and to feeling calm during medical procedures. http://imaginaction.stanford.edu/
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