In the Exam Room – Giving Choices

November 11, 2020
In the Exam Room – Giving Choices

Offering children choices in the exam room allows children to feel a sense of control over what is happening to them. This is essential in supporting autonomy. Offering choices also makes it more likely that children will comply with directions. For example, when you ask a child which ear you should look in first, it makes it more likely that they will allow you to look in their ear. By modeling and explaining this strategy for parents, you are also helping them develop a new tool for challenging toddler behavior.

Examples of other choices you can offer in the room include:

  • Sitting on the exam room table vs. parent lap
  • Looking in eyes or ears first
  • Which arm for vaccine