WHAT IS FEELING BETTER?
Feeling Better is an interactive, online cognitive behaviour therapy programme specially designed to help children with chronic pain and their care-givers.
The aim of the programme is to help children learn new ways to cope with pain so they can be more active and enjoy life.
The Feeling Better programme consists of 9 free online sessions which take approximately 30 minutes to complete.
Children can complete one session per week over 9 weeks.
Feeling Better is designed for school age children and features a complementary section for parents or care-givers.
Families complete the programme from the comfort of their own home, with guidance from an 'online coach'.
WHO IS FEELING BETTER FOR?CHILDREN AND THEIR PARENTS OR CARERS
Feeling Better was developed for children who have experienced chronic or recurrent pain for a period of three months or more.Feeling Better can help with the effects of pain including:
- difficulty being active and doing the things you enjoy
- feelings of sadness or frustration because of pain
- difficulty sleeping
- difficulty taking part in school
- other everyday challenges
Feeling Better features a complementary section for parents or carers of children with chronic pain.
Feeling Better offers support for parents who want to understand and manage their child’s pain in a way that promotes resourcefulness and a positive-coping attitude for the child with pain.read more
Chronic pain is pain that lasts for 3 months or more.
Chronic pain can be caused by accident, injury or you can be born with it.
It cannot be as easily fixed and it can make doing things like taking part in school quite difficult.
It is increasingly common in children and adolescents and it is predictive of long term complaints and distress.
Chronic pain is an important healthcare problem in Ireland, Europe and across the world.
Children tend to avoid their pain by withdrawing from activities and social situations out of fear of making pain worse.
Over time this can result in increased feelings sadness, anxiety, and psychological distress.
It is important that children and their parents or carers are helped to practice positive coping strategies.
THE BENEFITS OF ONLINE THERAPYA lot of people with chronic pain do not seek therapeutic help to cope with pain
Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) has been shown to be an effective treatment for young people and adults who are trying to manage long term pain.
However, many people with chronic pain do not know CBT can help or do not have access to a therapist who can help them learn how to manage pain effectively.
Advances in technology offer a solution.
Children and families trying to manage chronic pain can receive treatment more easily.
In addition, young people tend to be confident users of information and communication technology, their learning environments have become more digital, now so too have their treatment options.
Feeling Better may be one solution
We have developed an online version of a manual-based cognitive behavioural therapy programme specially designed for children with chronic pain.
We have designed a programme that is easy to use, from the comfort of your home, at your own pace and at a time that suits you.
GET STARTEDStep 1
Agree to take part click on the link below.If you do not want to take part in the study you can exit immediately.
Parent or Guardian: Click the link below. You will be directed to a questionnaire.
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