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The Missouri Institute of Mental Health (MIMH) recently launched Camp Pain Retreat, a new Web site designed to manage and prevent pediatric pain. Camp Pain Retreat offers free coping resources to children and their parents. 

According to the MIMH, more than 30 percent of children experience recurrent pain not due to a medical condition, frequently in the form of headaches and stomachaches.  Recurrent pain results in more school absences and frequent doctor visits, and it impacts children’s social, academic, and emotional functioning. 

The coping skills at Camp Pain Retreat are effective in treating recurrent headaches and stomachaches,” noted Dr. Joel Epstein, PhD, Research Associate Professor at MIMH.  “These skills are easy to learn. Children who master the skills will find that they are able to use coping skills in many different types of stressful situations.”

The interactive site leads children through breathing techniques, muscle relaxation exercises, and guided imagery to help develop skills for coping with and mastering pain.  All coping exercises can be downloaded to portable audio players.  Art activities and templates designed to monitor progress are available as well. 

Camp Pain Retreat also provides educational material for parents to increase understanding of their child’s pain. 

Click here to visit the Camp Pain Retreat Web site.



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