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Pediatric Psych - HELP

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I am a pediatric psych nurse at an in patient facility serving ages 5-17. I am looking for ideas that have helped other nurses in their own facilities. Safety ideas, things to keep kids entertained, ways to avoid holds and seclusions? Just brain storming.

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I found that activities that got the kids up and moving were great to burn of excessive energy. Kids that age need to be active and for the ADHD kids this is especially true. Obviously you have to keep rough housing in check though. I dont know if your unit utilizes a "token encomony" approach but when I worked with kids that young, earning rewards for positive behavior really reinforced that behavior. I worked evenings and I frequentlynbribed kids with offers of bed time stories if they were good lol. I think working with kids that age is the most physically demanding as far as psych. Holds and seclusions (although giving time outs works too) is inevitable. Kids just dont have the impulse control yet and it's especially bad if you are dealing with a lot of ADHD kids. I have worked with all ages in my 6 year career. I have been hit, kicked, bitten, scratched, so it on, and pee'd on. 99% of those were kids under 12 soooo.........

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