Whether it be something as little as picking out their chair or flavor of toothpaste, to sitting up or even staying in your lap, we will adapt to what makes your child feel most comfortable. Allowing your child to make simple decisions makes them feel in control and decreases their anxiety.
Some children feel more comfortable by watching others do the same procedure. Older children or siblings sometimes serve as a great model for younger patients to watch and realize how easy a procedure may be. We often find ourselves giving their favorite baby doll or super hero a check-up to let them be actively involved and understand the appointment process.
This technique is utilized by carefully explaining what the procedure entails on a level they can understand, showing the steps of the procedure by demonstrating examples, and then performing the procedure exactly as described.
Voice is a very powerful thing and every member of our team will use a calm and pleasant tone when speaking to children to help direct their attention and behavior in a positive way
Celebrating even the small successes can be a BIG deal! Either with a big smile, verbal praise or a big high five, we are firm believers in guiding children to appropriate behaviors with positive reinforcement.
In the event that your child has extreme anxiety or heightened sensitivity, please let us know and we would be happy to discuss an alternative approach.