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The Power of The Magic Glove

Pain is an unpleasant sensory experience, that in children can cause acute and chronic distress, including specific phobias such as needle phobia. Use of play, distraction, and non-pharmacological methods can reduce this acute distress and lessen the chance of on-going trauma.

Course Overview

When successfully implemented, The Magic Glove incorporates the patients’ focused attention and imagination to change the sensations that are felt while helping the child minimize the highly alert pain sensors.

The Magic Glove can: help patients minimize and manage their level of pain, lessen fear, anxiety, and helplessness, minimize suffering and promote healthy coping.

This simple tool is recommended for children 3 to 12 years old. Yet it can also be very effective for teens and adults. It can also be easily adapted for use on the whole body.

This presentation is based on the teachings of the pediatric pain management expert, Dr Leora Kuttner. The presenter has 15 years’ experience using The Magic Glove..

Learning Outcomes

In this session, you will:

  • Gain an understanding of what the magic glove technique can do for a child about to undergo a painful procedure
  • Acquire knowledge regarding how to engage with parents about the Magic Glove technique
  • Receive information about how to teach others in your workplace about the Magic Glove technique
  • Gain an awareness of how to implement and use the Magic Glove technique

Course Content



First Published




1 hour

Oct 2018

Oct 2018

Dec 2020

Usage & Integrity
Professional Development Leave Documents


Andrea is an experienced Child Life Educator and Certified Child Life Specialist, and I am an advocate, educator, practitioner, trainer, mentor, volunteer, and consultant.

She works extensively to promote and support the rights and needs of ill children and their families and has helped to introduce sustainable child and family-friendly healthcare practices globally.

Andrea enjoys working with children and families in the acute and chronic settings across many settings including oncology, haematology, pediatric intensive care, emergency department, inpatient surgery, outpatient surgery, acute dialysis, and outpatient dialysis.

She is a keynote speaker and workshop presenter discussing her passion to implement sustainable practices that make healthcare more child and family-friendly. Andrea has had the pleasure of volunteering on medical missions in South America, The Middle East, Asia, and Africa.

Samuel Golter said, “There is no profit in curing the body if in the process we destroy the soul” and Walt Disney said, “It’s kind of fun to do the impossible.” It is where those two quotes intersect that you will find Andrea’s work, hopes, and dreams.