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.
Publisher: Oxford University Press Inc
Number of pages: 240
Weight: 324 g
Dimensions: 235 x 156 x 15 mm
"This book by Palermo and Law is a 'must read' for all parents of a child with chronic pain. The book provides state-of-the-science, practical guidance on how to help your child cope with pain and in the process help your child to be able to return to normal life again. These two authors are experts in child pain intervention research and bring that expertise to you in an enjoyable, readable, helpful guide." --Lonnie Zeltzer, MD, Director, Children's Pain
and Comfort Care Program, and Distinguished Professor of Pediatrics, Anesthesiology, Psychiatry, and Biobehavioral Sciences, David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA
"This important book fills the need for a clear, practical, and compelling guide for parents of children and adolescents who experience chronic pain. Based on expert clinical advice and the latest research, chapters provide comprehensive coverage of key topics including the origins and impact of pain and strategies to lessen and manage pain for a wide range of children. Parents will appreciate the lessons learned, conveyed in real-life examples as well as
detailed, user-friendly management guides. This is the definitive work on the topic of managing children's pain that is a 'must-have' for parents and professionals who work with them." --Dennis D. Drotar,
PhD, Professor of Pediatrics and Director, Center for Adherence Promotion and Self-Management, Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, and Professor of Psychology, University of Cincinnati