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We have a fantastic selection of Videos, PDFs, documents and websites that healthcare professionals have either developed or found useful in their own practice when talking with children and young people.
MRI Information for Young People 11 and Over
Information, photos and sound clips for young people (over 11 years old) who are preparing for a MRI scan. Developed by the Evelina Hospital.
My Network Hand
A tool to identify a network of adults that can assist a child when they need help or someone to talk too.
Roger Hart’s Ladder of Children’s Participation
A resource to help in the co-design and delivery of health and care services for and with children and young people.
On some occasions I will ask the parent to please be quiet for a period of time, in a polite way. Pointing out that it is the young person’s appointment and that they need to get used to the practice of using their voice, remembering questions to ask, and of course I make it clear that the parent can speak after.
Anna, Consultant Nurse
I discuss things on their level or that are relevant to their interests, like Liverpool FC because they are wearing that on their pyjamas. I relate it to them, talk about what they might have in their hand, if they are carrying a book, or what they are listening to or what they are playing on their iPad and keep trying to help them feel relaxed around me.
Anna, Emergency Department Nurse
We’re all different, we all have different preferences. Some people want to know everything, some people want every step of what is happening explained, and others just want you to get on with it.
Child or Young Person
I am explicit regarding seeing a child or young person 1:1 using words such as “letting Lucy have space to talk alone”. When we meet back up with the parent I then encourage the child or young person to talk loosely a little bit about what was covered, if they don’t want to talk, I will tell the parents so that they feel that they are still aware of what is happening with their child.
Elizabeth, Clinical Psychologist
I find simple diagrams or drawings, like for explaining how the lungs work to a child or young person with asthma, can be very helpful. Or I use ‘normal’ things like blowing up and deflating balloons to illustrate how lungs work.