‘You have had blood tests before, haven’t you?’
“Yeah, but never this exciting!”
The response to the question quoted above came from an 11 year-old boy with special needs following his venepuncture ‘in imagery’. The procedure was ‘exciting’ because he was playing his favourite game - cricket. He hit a fantastic score, got ‘run out’ and won the game, all in the space of seven (7) minutes from the beginning to the end of the procedure.
Guided Imagery is a therapeutic technique that enables a top-down shift in experience from pain and fear to a chosen reality in imagery. It is used to help a child gain a sense of being in control in the face of fear, anxiety and pain during medical procedures.
This presentation will include:
an overview of guided imagery
video of a child undergoing a procedure in imagery;
mindfulness and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy - ACT (Hayes & Smith, 2005) in relation to procedural pain and fear; and,
moving from patterns of ‘avoidance and bravery’ to ‘acceptance and achievement’ in managing pain.
Delegates attending this presentation will have an opportunity to engage in a mindfulness exercise.
Hayes, S.C. & Smith, S. (2005). Get out of your mind and into your life: The new acceptance and commitment therapy. Oakland: New Harbinger.