“How bad does it hurt?”
It is probably one of the most important questions we are asked during a doctor’s visit to describe our level of pain or discomfort. For children diagnosed with ASD, this question becomes more complex and can be very difficult to answer. The interactive Doloris module available on CommunicoTool 2 is solely dedicated to the expression and evaluation of pain for nonverbal children within those types of situations. It allows the user to locate pain on their body and to describe the intensity.
Getting to know Doloris
Similar to the other modules for the tablet application, personalization and familiarization is key. Equipped with images of the human body, pictograms, smiley faces and an interval scale, Doloris will determine the location of pain and intensity. Users need to be comfortable using the app and personalization can help with this process. Just follow these 3 simple steps:
- Locate the settings feature for the module. Here you have the ability to manage and/or to create categories and pictograms; even carrier phrases, as well as their size.
- Go to Doloris’ settings to activate or deactivate the sound, to choose your avatar and to show or hide the scale numbers.
- You can now locate a pain by zooming and determining the level of pain using the scale to 0 to 10.
Doloris is now ready to use. Good job!
Intuition vs. Technology
If this is a life threatening issue, be wise and call 911. In other situations where a simple evaluation of pain is needed, the module can assist. As parents, we are a great judge of character when it comes to our children; their habits, their likes and dislikes. But judging their physical pain can be the real challenge especially in regards to nonverbal children. There are plenty of resources that act as a basic guide to help assess pain specifically for young children, but technology could never replace a parent’s intuition. So when pain assessment becomes critical, Doloris can help save the day!!
- Locate and evaluate the affected area of the child’s body using Doloris
- Contact your primary physician for further instructions
- If a doctor’s visit is necessary, be sure to explain your method of pain assessment
- And always follow up!
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