Dr. Leora Kuttner
A number of these films have been recognized by the Association for the Care of Children's Health, the Health Sciences Communications Association, and the National Council on Family Relations.
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Dancing with Pain
I was fortunate to find four articulate teenagers, (two from SickKids in Toronto and two from Vancouver) who would share their experiences of dealing with their chronic pain. Each has a different kind of pain that requires total dedication to maintain a life and gain some pain relief. It’s a kind of dance with pain over time--both metaphorically and very practically (e.g. with timing of medications, physio, exercise) to gain control and comfort. In their story of their pain, confusion, coming to grips, social isolation and eventual acceptance, these teens are great teachers for others with chronic pain.
I start the film with an animation of Dr.Ronald Melzack’s Neuromatrix graphic to represent some of the changes the teens describe in their arduous process towards better pain control. I find this graphic a brilliant little summary of a very complex process.
It was wonderful to collaborate with Judith Marcuse, one of Canada’s top choreographers, Hal Foxton Beckett who wrote the original music, and editor Mo Simpson well-known for her camerawork and editing for the National Film Board of Canada.
No Fears, No Tears
No Fears, No Tears --
13 Years Later
I made this film in the 1980s, based on the research I conducted at BC Children’s Hospital for my PhD in Clinical Psychology
Thirteen years later, I revisited seven of the eight children (now young adults) featured in No Fears, No Tears to explore the long-term impact of having learned as children how to deal with fear and pain. Their stories are remarkable, as are they themselves, and show how they recalled clear their early experiences undergoing treatment for cancer and how they continue to apply what they learned.
Making Every Moment Count
After consulting at Canuck Place Children’s Hospice in Vancouver, I created this film in 2003 to show state-of-the-art palliative care in five of the top pediatric centres in North America to document hospital, hospice, and home care for children and their families. The film explores the stories of children who are living, while knowing they are dying. This film taught me an enormous amount about the beauty and courage of children who are well supported at end of life, and the strength and compassion of well-functioning palliative care teams.
I am still deeply moved by this film.
Treatment Programme for Teens with Recurrent Abdominal Pain: Yoga Programme
This short DVD yoga program is for teens to use daily to ease their recurring abdominal pain. It starts with a short explanation from yoga teacher Janice Clarfield and, with an upbeat musical score, takes the viewer through a series of yoga poses that benefit stomach and bowel function and overall well-being. This was part of a research program at the gastro-intestinal department at BC Children’s Hospital. The results indicate the beneficial effects of yoga on abdominal pain.
Clinical Hypnosis: Inductions, Deepening and Strategies for Psychological, Medical and Dental Applications
Created by the Faculty of The Canadian Society of Clinical Hypnosis (CSCH) (BC Div), this DVD demonstrates a versatile range of hypnotic strategies for different ages, problems and situations. It includes rapid inductions for dental practice, or "The Magic Glove" for pain and anxiety reduction. Faculty include Drs Lee Pulos, Mavis Lloyd, Bianca and Lance Rucker, Harry Stefanakis and myself. We provide annual training, specialized workshops and monthly sessions in Vancouver BC.
The Magic Glove is a hypnotic pain management technique to reduce pain sensation and anxiety for children having a needle procedure. Children have rich imaginations and hypnosis is widely used to ease pain during medical procedures. In responsive children the Magic Glove can create significant sensory changes and partial anesthesia, which can boost a child's confidence and comfort in the ability to cope with painful and fearful procedures.
The Magic Glove: Hypnotic Pain Management for Children