As a pediatric dentist, Ammar Idlibi has extensive experience of working with children and often needs to help young people overcome their fears of dental treatment before he can assist them with their teeth. Working with children presents a number of challenges that you may not encounter when working with adults, so keep the below in mind to find success.
Keep Things Simple
You will usually find that children struggle to engage with what you say if you use complex terminology during conversation. Appreciate the fact that children, particularly younger ones, have short attention spans so you need to keep things as simple and concise as possible. Explain things in language they understand and answer any questions that they may have to help them feel more comfortable.
Use Positive Language
Negative language can have an enormous effect on a child’s psyche, which often makes it harder to work with them. This is especially true in the case of dentists, where any mentions of pain, even saying that something won’t hurt, can conjure up negative thoughts in the minds of children. Be positive in everything that you say and encourage children to keep going.
Education has always played a large role in Ammar Idlibi’s life and he encourages discussion in his dental practice. By involving young people in what you are doing you help them to learn about why it is important, while also giving yourself the opportunity to develop trust and engage children in what you are doing.