Hello! My name is Gail Goldstein. I am a researcher by nature. I love figuring out ways to help others communicate. I have been a Speech Language Pathologist since 1972.
As an innovator, I normed an auditory memory test for young children using words in their environment rather than numbers; words like car, dog, home, boy.
I wrote an NIH grant for a screening tool to support pediatric dentists in making referrals to SLPs. The grant included norming and field testing in 11 dental offices. Later, I developed an alternative to thickened liquids called "precautionary liquids" for new stroke patients in my acute care hospital. The protocol worked.
This "My Pain Alert" project is for patients who could participate in their pain care by rating their pain; if it was easy and clear; and if they could learn the scale and practice with it before they needed it. To learn about our new picture book for little ones please click to Kids Help page.
My Pain Alert(R) Book ePub [Android] is available from KOBO books (USA). Button for our less than 8 mB android download is below. $3.99
Because emergency room care requires fast medical response, our struggling communicators were being treated based on how they looked. But children can learn words and ASL signs for pain levels just as easily as other new-to- them-ideas. Bea is such a child, and her parents are thrilled with how she helps the doctor provide the right care.
This book is a download from Apple Books. Small enough-6.4mB to carry in your phone, ready for a calming look while waiting for the doctor or to help with any health emergency.
Order My Pain Alert(TM) Scale Communication Tool as a print book. This is our original 8.5 x 11 Print On Demand book.
Ask ANY print book seller to order ISBN 9780998161006. $7.99
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This book can be accessed from other countries as well. Please contact us.
Are there other tools for parents to teach their little child how to manage pain?
We took on this creative challenge because we believe: their body, their pain, their input.
Can I buy it in a store?
You can order it through links here. We would like our books and MPAS+ cards to be available in hospital gift shops. SayitWithSymbols.com sells My Pain Alert Scale picture cards for communication through their website and on Amazon..
For most users: Start reading the My Pain Alert Stories which describe each pain level. Get even more practice with the scale by learning sign language for each level name.
Buy a MPAS+ card set for practice and to share with your medical provider. The pain scale you use is your choice.
Our field trial recruited 15 families: ten who experiencing repeat child hospitalizations; and five families experiencing ordinary health needs.
ALL families reported less stress and faster solutions to pain events after reading My Pain Alert together. Annotated bibliography of research (see in downloads) provides the basis for the methods used in our books.
Medical personnel depend on family and caregivers when someone can’t report their level of pain. Practice with this book puts parent and child, or child and elder on the same page. Our scale words are quickly understood by patients and doctors. Email us to learn about our Binder designed for hospital or doctor office use. "Patients Who can Benefit..." download documents the need. It is a poster prepared for IASP World Congress on Pain (2022).
Read their own words - how this book helps their children in our first blog: “Users Said.” We add blogs periodically about use with different patient groups: stroke, autism, and alternative communication. Our latest "If you are sure" is directed at ordinary people. Everyone needs help when in pain.
Want to score your Rx Effectiveness?
Print "Pain Rx Effectiveness"
Support your providers to get you the best care? Print "Pain Symptom Notes.
Also included: a quiz For Readers, TOYs for children, and EASY instructions for use.
Meet the pain management needs of everyone in your family with our MPAS+ cards designed with a word side for older family members and pictures for kids. All the basic questions are in a "point to" format. Buy one card below or go to Etsy.com or SayitWithSymbols.com for a set of plastic cards for family and your doctor. Write us with comments. Give a Facebook review to Mypainalert.
These downloads are about My Pain Alert. Those on the Kids page are fun things to help kids learn. Those on the Family page help with medical interaction.
Describing pain help needs is a medical event preparation skill everyone should have. A lot of pain happens at home. It is wise to work on this skill before loved ones need it desperately. This training tool is for family based pain care. Children near one year old have been able to sign “pain” and point where.
Available always ,as a less than 10mB book in your cellphone, a pain scale designed to get the right pain care for your family. Our age neutral book reinforces the help words people need . Check KOBO and Apple Books.
In our appreciation for your effort in reviewing our book helping communicate about pain (something we all avoid), we will mail you an easy to sanitize MPA Scale +card free of charge. This is a world wide offer. Contact us by this email or regular mail with the location of your review and your postal address.