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Helping Your Child Cope with Needles - Understanding Needle Phobia in Children and Youth

Join presenters John Laing and Dr. Mitch Colp of Hexagon Psychology on June 14th for an engaging discussion about needle phobia in children and youth and learn practical strategies and tips to support yourselves and the children you care for on their vaccination journey.

Many parents have experienced the dread of taking their children for shots. This issue has become even more apparent for families as the COVID-19 vaccines become available for children and youth.

This virtual session will open with a general discussion about needle phobia and how anxiety can impact children and parents as they navigate the dreaded needle, including typical responses to the prospect of receiving a needle and what parents can watch for if they are concerned about their child’s reaction to the thought of an injection.

Following this, there will be a discussion of practical strategies to ensure getting a vaccination is as easy and drama free as possible. The discussion will conclude with a Q&A session and a review of the practical strategies discussed throughout.

This session will take place on June 14, 2021, from 6-8:00 p.m. To register, please visit Alberta Health Services' Community Education Service website.

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