For children with disabilities and their guardians flossing and tooth brushing can be a daily battle but Oral Health in the Home is a class designed by Practice Without Pressure to make oral health easier for all involved. On Wednesday evening, Practice Without Pressure brought the Oral Health in the Home program to the John S. Charlton School.
The Newark-based medical non-profit primarily works with those who have disabilities.
"We offer practice to prepare people for procedures," said Jane Miller, outreach and marketing director for Practice Without Pressure. "We offer treatment with staff at the center, we offer education and training programs to families and individuals with disabilities, as well as the professionals who support them."
Practice Without Pressure received a grant from Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield Delaware, which is making it possible for the organization to do programs like this in all three counties in Delaware.
"This is the first time we've done this program in schools," Miller said. "It's a great opportunity for us to collaborate with the Charlton School to make this kind of health education available to families and loved ones."
At the Charlton School, Oral Health in the Home staff conducted a two-hour training program for ten families. The first hour consisted of a training session where parents learned better techniques to help their children with flossing and brushing. In the second hour, parents worked one on one with their child to practice the new skills with support from Practice Without Pressure staff.
"It's a much needed resource for our population," said Jeffrey Conkey, assistant principal at the Charlton School. "Practice Without Pressure coming to work with our students and families to teach them how to tolerate and go through procedures and exams can only benefit our population and their families."