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Helping your School Age child cope with the Hospital 

 

School age 6-12 years

 

Prepare your school- age child about 1-2 weeks ahead of time. You should help your child understand why they are going to the hospital. You can go into a little more detail about internal processes as long as your explanation is concrete and honest (the truth is probably less scary than what your child can make up). Also, be sure to prepare your child for what they will see, hear, smell, and feel. Make sure that you stress to your child he/or she has done nothing wrong and that hospitalization is not punishment.

 

School-age children can still benefit from medical play, especially if it is more realistic.

Reading books about the body and asking open ended questions will help you prepare your child. You can find procedure prep slides with pictures and age appropriate explanations on here. Remember to bring comforting familiar items. You can even allow your school- age child to pack their own bag of clothes and personal items.

 

Developmental milestones:

 

• Heavily involved with peers

• Develops concrete thinking

• Active learners, can invent and design things

• Increased participation in self care

• Well developed language and time skills

• Concerns about body image

 

Hospital Stressors:

 

• Loss of bodily control

• Forced dependence

• Loss of competence

• Fears bodily mutation/ deformities

• Fears loss of bodily functions

• Fears pain

• Fears death

• Fears anesthesia (unknown sleep)

• Isolated from peers/ school

• Limited caregiver involvement

 

Coping behaviors:

 

• Guilt

• Acting out

• Regression

• Withdrawal

• Cognitive mastery over what is going on

 

How to help school aged children cope with hospitalization:

 

• Offer choices when possible

• Teach coping strategies that encourage mastery

• Help child recognize when they are coping effectively

• Encourage child participation in care

• Give child tasks to help

• Give specific information about body part effected

• Identify and correct misconceptions

• Respect child’s modesty

• Provide age appropriate activities that foster a sense of accomplishment

• comfort items/ toys and activities

• Caregiver/ patient education

• Procedure support/ medical play

• Behavior contract

• School work

• Interdisciplinary care conference

 

Pain management and distraction techniques:

 

• Conversation (humor)

• Music

• Encouraging statements

• Deep breathing/ visualization

• Favorite toy/ play

• Watching videos

• IPAD

• Comfort positions