Storybooks Help Children with Autism Prep for the Dentist

The Oral Health Foundation is backing the use of children’s storybooks with dental narratives following a new study which has shown they can be a highly effective way of helping prepare children with autism for a visit to the dentist.1

The research, published in Special Care in Dentistry, found that almost two thirds (64%) of caregivers felt that dental stories were a useful tool for both themselves and their child in preparing them for a visit to the dentist.

The stories were delivered to children via a range of different media, including picture based story books, photographs and video, with caregivers questioned before and after the stories to analyse the effect they had on the children’s attitudes to visiting the dentist.

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