Managing Your Child's Chronic Pain

ISBN : 9780199330041

Tonya M. Palermo; Emily F. Law
240 Pages
156 x 235 mm
Pub date
May 2015
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Chronic pain is a significant health problem for many children and adolescents, with studies suggesting that as many as 15% to 40% of children suffer from chronic pain. Chronic pain is puzzling for parents to understand because there is often not a clear diagnosis or treatment plan. Unfortunately, many families cannot get the help they need because they live too far from children's hospitals with pediatric pain clinics, where most healthcare providers in this specialized area are based. Managing Your Child's Chronic Pain is a resource for parents to learn how to help their children and families cope with persisting pain using cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), an effective intervention to treat children with chronic pain. With the easy-to-use psychological treatment strategies in this book, parents will have practical instructions in CBT for pain management. Authors Tonya M. Palermo and Emily F. Law, pediatric psychologists in the field of child and adolescent chronic pain, discuss the scientific foundation for chronic pain, information about the effectiveness of treatments, and several personal stories of parents and their children with chronic pain. They explain instructions for several different interventions including deep breathing, relaxation strategies, and sleep interventions to allow parents to support these skills with their children. The book concludes with guidance on how to prevent relapse, maintain improvements, and prevent future problems with pain and disability. The first book of its kind, Managing Your Child's Chronic Pain will empower parents to take a hands-on approach to relieving their child's pain.


Chapter 1. How Pain Affects Children and Families
Chapter 2. Getting Help and Setting Goals
Chapter 3. Relaxation Methods for Children and Teenagers
Chapter 4. Praise, Attention and Reward Systems
Chapter 5. Lifestyle Factors
Chapter 6. Sleep Interventions
Chapter 7. School and Social Life
Chapter 8. Coping with Pain, Stress and Other Problems
Chapter 9. Special Topics by Age and Development Level: Issues for Young Children and Older Adolescents
Chapter 10. Reflection, Maintenance, and Prevention
Appendix A. Instructions for Progressive Muscle Relaxation (for young children ages 5-9)
Appendix B. Instructions for Progressive Muscle Relaxation (for older children who are over age 10)
Appendix C. Instructions for Muscle Relaxation with Imagery
Appendix D. Instructions for Mini-Relaxation
Appendix E. Point System Worksheet
Appendix F. Privilege System Worksheet
Appendix G. Brainstorming Solutions Worksheet

About the author: 

Tonya M. Palermo, Ph.D., is a Professor in the Department of Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine at University of Washington School of Medicine. Dr. Palermo is an internationally recognized researcher in pediatric chronic pain and has practiced clinically within several interdisciplinary pain programs as a licensed clinical psychologist.; Emily F. Law, Ph.D., is an Acting Assistant Professor in the Department of Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine at University of Washington School of Medicine. Her research focuses on the role of psychological factors in pediatric chronic pain. She is a licensed clinical psychologist and provides clinical service through the Pain Medicine Service at Seattle Children's Hospital.

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