|Offering realistic choices|
|Every child needs some measure of autonomy (control) even during procedures that are uncomfortable or painful; the “trick” is to find a positive way for your child to make realistic choices.
There are always choices that your child can make. Choose the techniques that suit your child and family best.
|Examples of choices linked to the setting of care|
|Place||Where should we do the care?|
|When||When do you want to do the care?… before or after…?|
|Who||Who would you like to be with you during the care? a favourite stuffed animal? another family member?|
|Awareness||Will you watch or not?|
|Participation||Would you like to help do the care or not? Which job would you like to do? (eg, “help wipe with the alcohol swab?”)|
|Distraction||What would you like to do during the treatment? Would you prefer to “A” or “B”? (eg, “hold my hand, read a book, watch a video, play with a toy, sing a song, etc”). See distraction techniques by developmental stage for more ideas.|
|Position||Which position do you prefer “A” or “B”?|