Distraction in Action Tool

The Distraction in Action Tool uses a short survey to provide an individual profile and instructions for distracting your child.


  • Answer a few questions with your child. Watch the training video, which will show you how to be a good distraction coach.
  • View your child’s DistrEstimate, which shows your child’s predicted risk for distress.
  • Read the tips provided to help you lessen your child’s pain and anxiety.
  • Select and download suggested apps that may help distract your child during a procedure.


We compare answers to your questions with the responses from over 1,000 families from our research to create your child’s risk for distress profile.

Distraction in Action uses your child’s profile to give you a DistrEstimate of your child’s risk for distress during a needle stick procedure when a parent is the distraction coach.

DistrEstimate child risk for distress profile during distraction in action

Training video

This video shows parents being distraction coaches for their children during medical procedures. Watch them to learn how to best help your child. You can watch this now or view them after you finish the Distraction in Action questions.

Tips for your child

Individualized tips that will help you and your child, will be provided in the Distraction in Action Tool, such as:

  • How to capture your child’s attention
  • How to use play to lessen your child’s anxiety
  • Ways to set your child up for success

Find general tips for distraction.

Suggested apps

A list of age-appropriate apps that are useful for distracting your child is provided in the Distraction in Action Tool.