On this episode of A Tale of Two Hygienists repeat guest, Dr. Matt Allen joins us to talk about patient vs parent focused approaches to communication in the op and how to use your motivational interviewing techniques with both pediatric patients, and their parents.
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Interview Starts: 07:14.560
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- Dr. Matt Allen Background
- Patient Centered Approach
- Respect Patient and Parent Autonomy
- Communicating with Parents
- Dealing with the Difficult Parent
- Present Options
“I often get asked what age it makes sense to start talking to the patient themselves.”
“Until that child is an adult, you are going to need to have a conversation with the parent, that isn’t to say that you can’t involve the patient in conversations about their oral health.”
“Teaching kids that they have a voice in their healthcare as they get older is important.”
“If you can have that conversation with the child, have that conversation, it does something for the child, and for the parent.”
“People tend to be pretty thoughtful from an early age, we need to give them credit for that.”
“I don’t want to drive a wedge between the patient and the parent either.”
“It’s really important to offer parents options, even if the other option is to do nothing.”
“When we are presented with options we tend to want to choose the option that is best for us.”
“It saves me so much time in the long run to have those meaningful conversations, and builds up my own personal satisfaction and fights burnout in my job.”
Book “How to Talk so Kids Will Listen…And Listen So Kids Will Talk”: https://www.amazon.com/How-Talk-Kids-Will-Listen/dp/0743525086
Find Dr. Allen on previous episode: 270