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Going To The Dentist Social Story
This listing is for an Autism Social Story - Going to the Dentist
Use the Going to the Dentist Social Story to help your student or child understand going to the dentist. The Social Story features several common Dentist routines which will encourage your student and/or child to become more independent and confident in attending the Dentist.
The social story benefits children who may have anxieties about Dentist visits. The story is 14 pages long and, where possible, includes images of children of all abilities. The text is supported with a background colour of yellow to aid reading.
Routines Covered in the Going to the Dentist Social Story include:
-Today, going to the dentist
-Arriving at the Dentist's office - what will happen
-Waiting in the waiting room
-When it is my turn, what happens
-What I will see in the Dentist's room
-Sitting on the Dentist Chair - what to expect
-What is on the Dentist tray
-Dental exam - what to expect
-Dentist will talk to the Dental Nurse
-Washing out your mouth after the Dental exam
-If my teeth are healthy/are not healthy
-If I have cavities
-Receiving dental treatment
-Going home after the dentist visit
Use a laminator to ensure the longevity of use.
Print and laminate each sheet of the Social Story, cutting down the centre line thereafter. Attach book rings to create a book format.
Sit down with your child at a time they are relaxed and engaged. Read through the story and encourage any questions they may have. For students who may not be able to read, pleaseread the story for them and use the visual icons to help your child/student understand the different issues highlighted.
Ensure you keep your tone calm, relaxed and open to hearing/understanding any worries or anxieties your student/child may have. Use each page as a jumping-off point for other concern your child may be feeling.