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Clinician's Guide to Helping Children Cope and Cooperate with Medical Care: An Applied Behavioral Approach

by Keith J Slifer Johns Hopkins University Press
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Pbk 304 pages
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Keith J. Slifer, Ph.D., a pediatric psychologist at the Kennedy Krieger Institute and the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, draws on practice and research to help health care practitioners provide better care for children with chronic conditions and children undergoing rehabilitation after traumatic injury or surgery. By better understanding the behavior, emotions, and developmental challenges of children, health care professionals in practice and in training can solve a range of problems, from getting a distressed child to cooperate with a physical examination or diagnostic test, to teaching a child to adhere to medical self-care. More than nine million children in the United States regularly visit health care professionals for treatment of chronic or recurrent health conditions. These children experience multiple doctors visits, trips to the Emergency Department, hospital admissions, anesthesia, surgery, medications, needle sticks, wound cleaning, seizures, nausea, vomiting, pain, and fear. While most of these children are developing typically in terms of their intellectual and cognitive functioning, many children with intellectual, developmental, and physical disabilities also require frequent medical care, and as chronic health conditions increase so do the chances of having developmental, learning, emotional, and behavioral problems. A Clinician's Guide to Helping Children Cope and Cooperate with Medical Care will benefit both health care professionals and children as practitioners aim to improve medical care and prevent the childrens behavior from disrupting clinics and distressing and frustrating health care workers and family caregivers. This book is for pediatric psychologists, pediatricians, family medicine practitioners, physicians assistants, nurse specialists, pediatric subspecialists, and students in these fieldsand for family members dedicated to helping their children cope with medical procedures and get the best possible medical care.

1. A Child's Experience of Medical Settings and Health Care
2. Introduction to Applied Behavior Analysis and Behavior Principles
3. Parent-Child Interactions in Medical Situations
4. Fundamentals of General Behavior Management for Parents and Other Caregivers
5. Helping Young, Developmentally Delayed, and Highly Anxious Children Cooperate with Routine Physical Examinations
6. Helping Children, Parents, and Medical Caregivers Cope with Child Distress and Discomfort during Immunizations
7. Cooperation and Motion Control for Diagnostic Tests and Treatments
8. Cooperation with Vision and Hearing Tests and Treatments
9. Cooperation and Adherence with Breathing Treatments and Respiratory Assistance Technology
10. Teaching Children to Swallow Pills and Capsules
11. Adherence with Oral Medication and Other Medical Self-Care
12. Teaching Children with Chronic Medical Conditions to Cope with Repeated Needle Sticks and Other Painful Procedures

Keith J. Slifer, Ph.D., is the director of the Pediatric Psychology Clinic and Consultation Service at the Kennedy Krieger Institute in Baltimore and an associate professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.