Guided imagery, a form of relaxed, focused concentration is a natural and powerful coping mechanism. Easily learned, guided imagery can be used as an adjunct to the care of toddlers and preschool children who are experiencing anxiety and pain. The nurse must first prepare him/herself, the parent, and the child for the experience. Techniques of joining, leading, pacing, and word choice facilitate the process, informed by an understanding of child development. This low tech, cost-effective intervention can promote children's personal coping abilities and increase their sense of self-esteem.
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