Tips for Doing Airway Clearance with Kids – Part 1

It is a well-known fact that a lot of kids don’t like airway clearance and it can be difficult for parents to get them to    co-operate.

Here are some tips to help make it easier:

Get into a good routine – daily physio needs to become a habit, and part of their routine just like teeth cleaning

Set boundaries – give choices where possible but be clear about what is expected in each session

Be consistent – provide a consistent response to behaviour so kids know exactly what to expect

Give consequences – make sure you follow through with consequences

Discuss behaviour management strategies with CFWA Occupational Therapist 

Make sure kids are ready to start treatment- you may need to spend some time reading a story or doing an activity first
Reward small gains to help achieve a bigger goal – e.g., 2mins per position rather than 5 is better than no treatment
Use a timer to control the length of treatment; pause the timer when behaviour is not appropriate

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