Children with Asperger Syndrome usually find changes to their routines upsetting; They like to have a set pattern to their day and any alteration to this can cause stress. In addition, many children with AS are highly snsitive to physical sensations, sounds, taste, light and the invasion of their personal space, all of which are an inevitable part of a visit to the dentist. However, these children can be helped by knowing in advance about any proposed change and wherever possible, the details of what to expect. In this photographic picture book, young Joey, who himself has AS, provides a straightforward explanation of how he prepares for and subsequently pays a visit to his dentist. His explanation encompasses information about the dentist and his 'helper', the instruments used, sounds and tastes, the cleaning process and very importantly, his own coping strategies.
Joey has Asperger syndrome and is preparing to visit the dentist. Like many children with an autistic spectrum disorder, Joey finds the experience difficult. This book is aimed at parents/carers to read with their child aged 6 years and up. It has clear large photographs and the choice of two textx to read. A large, simple sentence text or a more detailed smaller text. There are lots of ideas for parents to prepare their child for the appointment and tips for keeping motivated and calm during the appointment. This book is an excellent starting point for making your own personalized book, taking photos of your child when they are at the dentist or of the dentist, their tools, waiting room, dentist chair and a reward after the visit. This book is well written, packed with lots of useful tips and has clear large photographs. It would be an excellent resource for some children with autistic spectrum disorders.
This American book is written for children aged 6-10 and is aimed at children with autistic spectrum disorders or related conditions, their families and the professionals who work with them. It features Joey, a five year old boy with Asperger Syndrome, which makes him particularly sensitive to the physical sensations and invasion of personal space that a trip to the dentist always involves. Through this colourful hardback photo book Joey explains in detail what to expect from a visit to the dentist, what tools, machines and procedures might be used and what strategies he uses to cope with the experience. This book has been written by a specialist in Autism who herself has a child with Asperger Syndrome and a paediatric occupational therapist with 14 years experience of working with Autistic children. I hope this book will prove helpful to some childminders and parents out there and look forward to passing my copy on to my friend and her Autistic son.