Overcoming fear with peer support
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Overcoming fear with peer support

Rebecca Turner Community nurse in learning disabilities, Coventry and Warwickshire Partnership Trust
Karen Green Oral health promoter and nurse specialist, Warwickshire Special Care Dental Service, George Eliot Hospital NHS Trust

Rebecca Turner and Karen Green describe how young people with special educational needs can be helped to overcome anxiety about dental care with the help of their peers and staff

The article explains how a group approach using class peers in a school for children with learning disabilities helped them to overcome the fear of attending the dentist for a check up. The programme, which was delivered by health professionals and educational staff, comprised carefully planned group sessions, accessible information, appropriate tactile resources and a reward system. It successfully motivated participants to make good decisions about accessing health appointments, to experience a potentially difficult environment, and to link a perceived negative experience with a positive one.

Learning Disability Practice. 18, 6,14-19. doi: 10.7748/ldp.18.6.14.e1659

Correspondence

rebecca.turner@covwarkpt.nhs.uk

Peer review

This article has been subject to double-blind review and has been checked using antiplagiarism software

Conflict of interest

None declared

Received: 20 April 2015

Accepted: 19 May 2015