Helpful Language Guide
Words matter. The language we as parents, caregivers, and medical providers shapes the experience of kids going through medical procedures. This quick guide helps you make little changes that can make a big difference.
About this Resource
Words matter…a lot. The language we use when talking about pain and medical procedures can completely change the way kids and families and adults think about the process. Whether or not we intend it, everything we say frames a patient’s experience, so adding a little intention and paying attention to our words can make a world of difference.
How to Use
Download and print this guides for medical providers and parents. Experiment with switching out words and phrases, and show yourself just how much of a difference it can make.
Who is this for
Parents, caregivers, and medical providers.
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