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(p. 41) Relaxation Methods for Children and Teenagers 

(p. 41) Relaxation Methods for Children and Teenagers
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(p. 41) Relaxation Methods for Children and Teenagers
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Tonya M. Palermo

and Emily F. Law

DOI:
10.1093/med:psych/9780199330041.003.0004
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date: 28 October 2020

This chapter provides detailed training in how parents can teach relaxation-based strategies to children. The chapter begins by providing general instructions for parents on how to teach pain coping strategies to children. This is followed by a review of the ways in which relaxation skills can help with pain management. Details are then provided on how to teach four specific relaxation skills: deep breathing, progressive muscle relaxation, guided imagery, and mini-relaxation strategies. Tips for encouraging skills practice and quotes from children with chronic pain about using relaxation skills are also included. The appendices (A–D) to this chapter include scripts of each relaxation exercise. Also provided is a website link to audio files of the exercises that can be played on a computer or downloaded onto an MP3 player.

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