There are woefully few resources available for youth with pain. Over the years, my pile of pain handouts became a workbook. In the hopes of making it more widely available, I pitched it to a publisher - and in 2019, The Chronic Pain and Illness Workbook for Teens was born! This book is ideal for children, tweens, teens and young adults; for therapists, doctors, nurses, PT/OTs, and parents; and is filled top-to-bottom with pain education; child-friendly pain neuroscience (yes, really!); coping skills; and other pain management tools rooted in CBT, Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction, biofeedback, and other evidence-based treatments for pain.
This workbook explains science's modern take on pain - with some consultation and editing from the brilliant Lorimer Moseley PhD, and a foreword by the Director of Stanford's Pediatric Pain Clinic, Elliot Krane MD - and offers strategies for healing. Science teaches us that pain is not purely biomedical, an issue to be treated exclusively with medications and procedures; but rather, biopsychosocial - triggered and maintained by a complex interplay of biological, psychological and social factors. Pain is therefore more effectively treated when all 3 of these domains are addressed. This book is for any clinician wanting an effective, easy-to-follow treatment protocol for pediatric pain. It is for medical doctors hoping to learn more about nonpharmacological approaches to pain management. Perhaps most importantly, it is for youth and parents sick of the struggle, ready to take their power back. It IS possible to take your life back from pain! When you control your brain, you control your pain. This book will show you how!
*Note to parents: Consider hiring a therapist, or "pain coach," for your child in addition to her medical team, and hand the therapist this workbook. Any trained clinician can use it!