Practice Without Pressure: care poses a challenge

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Great article about Practice Without Pressure in Delaware. Great work guys!

via For cognitively impaired, care poses a challenge | The News Journal | delawareonline.com.Now in its 10th year, Practice Without Pressure helps patients with autism, Down syndrome, cerebral palsy and other conditions overcome their apprehensions about health care visits. Although most of its focus is dental care, it also works with patients who need assistance with gynecological exams, mammography, personal care exams, blood draws and even haircuts. The nonprofit also teaches oral care and brushing techniques to group home residents.

“Our goal is if the person is able to participate in their care, then we try to get them to participate as much as possible,” said Bashkow, a nurse who has a son with autism. “If you have the tools, you realize if someone practices and sees what it’s all about, they can decide, ‘I can do this on my own.’ ”

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