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Burn injuries pose an array of serious psychological issues for patients and families. In addition to the shock and stress of being acutely injured, children may face changes in appearance and threats to self-esteem, adherence to painful and chronic treatments and therapy and the toll of a long hospital stay.  Throughout the treatment process, parents and other caregivers may feel responsible for the injury and siblings may feel guilty or overlooked.  The burned child may be more clingy than usual or experience tantrums more often.  Relaxation training and distraction techniques help children manage the pain that can come with treatments. Therapy, counseling and coping strategies help patients and families cope with behavior changes and integrating back into the community and home life. In our program, all families meet with a child psychologist who focuses on the needs of the child and family to support optimal coping with this challenging experience.  Children receive a personalized assessment, ongoing monitoring and tailored interventions throughout the recovery process.

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