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School Age Distractions 

Distraction is a way to capture a child's attention and reduce distress during procedures through developmentally appropriate techniques. Distraction helps your child focus on something other than the pain and/or anxiety. Before a procedure, your child can help decide what technique to use. If time allows, practice the technique with your child.


School Age 6-12

  • video games
  • stress balls
  • imagery
  • "I Spy" books
  • interesting key chains
  • bubbles
  • counting games
  • telling stories
  • magic wand
  • koosh balls
  • silly putty
  • wind mills
  • music
  • joke books
  • party blowers
  • breathing games
  • view finder


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