Positive Distraction

Pediatric entertainment ideas to ease anxiety

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MAY 25, 2021

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A hospital stay can be especially scary for kids.

You can help ease pediatric patients’ anxiety with simple, easy-to-implement entertainment options in their room.

Pediatric positive distraction techniques do more than temporarily divert attention, though.

They give children a comforting sense of familiarity, provide parents relief during a stressful time, and foster a calming environment so clinicians can provide care and treatment more effectively.

Use these low-effort, high-impact positive distraction ideas for interactive TVs and mobile devices to appeal to children’s tech-savvy preferences without interrupting your clinical workflows.

Familiar entertainment

Kids can stream content to the TV from their favorite apps like Disney+, Netflix, YouTube, PBS & 2000+ more

Livestreams & on-site broadcasts


On-demand or looping videos

  • Book readings
  • Virtual pet therapy
  • Kid-friendly yoga
  • Singalongs
  • Jokes & trivia
  • Science experiments
  • Baby animals
  • Patient artwork
  • Magic tricks
  • Breathing exercises

Have volunteers record short videos to teach kids how to draw cartoon characters or learn to play a new game

Use easily accessible request features on your interactive TV to showcase your location’s unique bedside services for patients

Therapeutic activity requests

  • Pet therapy
  • Art therapy
  • Music therapy
  • Aromatherapy
  • Visit from a child life specialist or spiritual leader

Concierge-like service requests

  • Meals & snacks
  • Tabletop games or art supplies
  • Gaming systems & connections
  • Hospital birthday party planning


SONIFI Health would love to partner with you on your pediatric patient experience strategies. Learn more about how we help.

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