Vi Riddell Children's Pain
& Rehabilitation Centre
The Vi Riddell Children’s Pain & Rehabilitation Program at the Alberta Children’s Hospital (ACH) in Calgary provides interdisciplinary team care to children and youth with all types of chronic and complex pain in the form of specialized outpatient clinics (Complex Pain Clinic, Headache Clinic), courses (Comfort Ability), and day-treatment programming (Intensive Pain Rehabilitation Program).
Pediatric pain research is a particular focus and is integrated into the clinical environment at ACH. ACH has been awarded the prestigious ChildKind certification, from the International Association for the Study of Pain (IASP). This certification is given in recognition of pediatric healthcare institutions providing exemplary pain care to children.
ACH is also home to the Assistant Scientific Director and is an Affiliate Hub for the Solutions for Kids in Pain (SKIP); a knowledge mobilization network, that seeks to bridge the gap between current treatment practices and available evidence-based solutions for children’s pain in Canadian health institutions.
Pain and Rehabilitation Clinics
Complex Pain Clinic
A multidisciplinary clinic that provides accessible outpatient services for the management of complex pain experienced by children and their families with the focus on goal attainment, self-management, and overall functional improvement.
A multi-disciplinary, self-management-based clinic that focuses on return to daily functioning while helping to decrease the child/youth’s experience of headache pain. This clinic focuses on a whole person approach to include both medical assessment and biopsychosocial intervention and skill development.
Intensive Pain Rehabilitation Program (IPRP)
A multi-disciplinary, 3-6 week, full-day treatment program for youth and their families experiencing significant complex pain and struggling to meet their functional goals. The goal of the IPRP is to improve function by gaining adaptive self-management skills and enabling youth and families to (re)engage in age appropriate activities.
A supportive and interactive workshop designed to help children/adolescents (ages 10-17), and their parents, with chronic or recurrent pain learn strategies to better manage pain and improve day-to-day function. The Comfort Ability is a manualized program developed in Boston. https://www.thecomfortability.com/pages/site-contact-information
Hypnosis education program to support children and teens in medical settings providing quick and cost-effective treatment. 64 staff members trained to use hypnosis through imagination and focused attention to bring about rapid physiological, emotional and cognitive changes. Parents/families can also attend sessions, which include discussion and video examples of children helping themselves and being successfully coached to cope with needles, headache and abdominal pain, with a special focus on what families can do to support their child.
Established & Accessible Disciplines to Support ACH Pain Services