Joey Goes to the Dentist by Candace Vittorini, Sara Boyer-Quick

Joey Goes to the Dentist

Written by Candace Vittorini, Sara Boyer-Quick
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Joey Goes to the Dentist by Candace Vittorini, Sara Boyer-Quick

'Hi! My name is Joey. I'm 5 years old. In a couple of days, I am going to the dentist.' Many children find the experience of visiting the dentist an uncomfortable one, and Joey is no exception. He has Asperger Syndrome, which makes him particularly sensitive to the sensations that he experiences during a visit to the dentist: the feeling of cold instruments in his sensitive mouth, the piercing sound of the drill and the strong taste of mouthwash. He also dislikes the invasion of personal space which a trip to the dentist always involves. However, Joey has strategies that will help him and other children to cope. Before he visits the dentist, he marks the date of the visit on his calendar, he practises counting his teeth with his dad, and also opening his mouth for other people to take a look inside. Joey explains what to expect during a visit to the dentist - he describes how x-ray machines work and why they are important, why you need to wear a bib, and lists the different kinds of tools that dentists use. This colourful picture book features photographs throughout. It will be a source of information and advice for families of children with autism spectrum disorders or related conditions, and the professionals who work with them, including dental professionals.


Children with Asperger Syndrome usually find changes to their routines upsetting

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.

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.

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. --

About the Author

Candace Vittorini is Autism Specialist, Spring Lake Park and Columbia Heights, Minnesota. She worked with children with autism spectrum disorders for over eight years at Camp Discovery and also as a consultant in schools. She is the parent of two children, one of whom has Asperger Syndrome.

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32 pages


Candace Vittorini, Sara Boyer-Quick
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Jessica Kingsley Publishers

Publication date

15th February 2007



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