Woodbine House Practicing and visualizing routines can alleviate children’s fears about what’s going to happen during new or everyday activities. This is especially true for kids with intellectual disabilities, and difficulties with sensory input, impulse control, and attention. Author Avril Webster knew this when she created The Off We Go! series. She wanted to prepare her son, Stephen, for what would happen at the grocery store, dentist, and hair dresser, thereby making these experiences less scary and overwhelming in real life. Brightly illustrated with charming cartoon characters, these simple stories do just that -- tell and show kids what to expect. Readers are able to imagine themselves experiencing these common situations without lots of anxiety: “I sit on the big chair. The dentist puts a towel around my neck. It’s not too tight….” Or “I help push the shopping cart. We go through the big automatic doors. It is very bright and noisy and busy! It’s okay. “ These are great stories for parents, occupational therapists, teachers, and aides to read aloud to their children or students. They provide good opportunities to spark discussions about what else might occur at the dentist’s office, grocery store, or while getting a haircut, and help reduce tantrums or upsets later on because kids are more familiar with these routines. “Predictability always reduces anxiety and so the more children know about what to expect, the easier they find things and usually the less tantrums they have. The Off We Go series provides a great visual and easily-understood explanation of what to expect from a range of daily life activities.Frank Houghton, Ph.D., MPHe, MA Msc The Irish Psychologists
Baker & Taylor Presents the steps to visiting the dentist, from arriving at the dentist's office to sitting in the dental chair and getting an oral inspection.