DistrACTION Cards

Take their minds off a painful procedure with simple pictures and questions

DistrACTION cards are 5 cards on a ring with related counting and finding questions on the back. New research proves that the seemingly simple questions distract well enough to significantly reduce pain from medical procedures, so DistrACTION from tantrums or boredom is a cinch! How many stars do you see? Can you find an astronaut? Which cow has a plunger on its head?

DistrACTION cards are a quick and handy way for nurses, teachers, doctors or parents to break a behavior spiral or take someone’s mind off a painful procedure. Even if the painful procedure is a 1 hour wait at the doctors rooms. The kind of distraction on our cards are proven to decrease pain by 50%, but having the tools close at hand right when you need them can be tough. DistrACTION cards are durable enough to tuck in a parent’s bag or wear on a badge at work as a quick boredom buster, pain reliever, or emergency entertainment tantrum tamer.

“I can’t believe it. During a two hour recital sitting on the gym floor he was still the whole time. These are amazing – what iPhone app can do that?” – Sharon, mom of 3

distraction-chartTo understand why DistrACTION cards work for pain as well as boredom, you first need to understand the nature of medical anxiety or distress. As seen in this diagram, distress is where pain, fear of the procedure, and attention to what’s going on collide. Often you can control most of the pain in a procedure, but if a person is focused on what is happening and utterly terrified, no degree of pain relief will help. When a child loses control, their focus is everywhere: brightly colored items are quickly identified as a potential toy and something that is safe. When an adult asks a question from the back, focusing on this friendly challenge in a small space helps them regain control, to EVERYONE’s relief.

Distraction can decrease pain by up to 50%. Studies have looked at video games, television, and looking at pictures. Playing a game works better than passively checking something out, but the game needs to be fast and reinforcing. This is why children’s hospitals provide options such as video games, books, and specialists called Child Life professionals trained to pull attention away in age appropriate manners.

DistrACTION Cards Available

Monkeys Series

Five brightly coloured cards with age appropriate questions at the back.

Eg. “which monkey is wearing lipstick?” (Age 18 months – 3 years), “How many monkeys are touching the bed?” (Age 4-6 years), “Which two monkeys are identical?” (ages 7+). Card size is 85mm x 55mm

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Cows Series

Five brightly coloured cards with age appropriate questions at the back.

Eg. “Find the purple cow” (Age 18 months – 3 years), “What colour bandanas do you see?” (Age 4-6 years), “Can you find a heart, spade, club and diamond?” (ages 7+). Card size is 85mm x 55mm

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Fairy Tales Series

Five brightly coloured cards with age appropriate questions at the back.

Eg. “Which house is made of wood?” (Age 18 months – 3 years), “How many flowers can you count?” (Age 4-6 years), “How many boards make up the log door?” (ages 7+). Card size is 85mm x 55mm

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Robots Series - Jumbo Size

Five brightly coloured cards with age appropriate questions at the back.

Eg. “Can you find a superhero?” (Age 18 months – 3 years), “How many eyes do you see?” (Age 4-6 years), “Can you find the seven clouds of smoke?” (ages 7+). Card size is 100mm x 70mm

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