One in 68 children have been diagnosed on the Autism Spectrum, with approximately 100 newly diagnosed patients daily.
Since first identified as a disorder in the United States in the 1940’s, Autism Spectrum is the fastest growing developmental disorder in the United States. Treating patients on the Autism Spectrum in a dental practice presents a multitude of challenges from behavior and cooperation concerns to related health concerns, not to mention the oral considerations associated with medications. As these children on the Autism Spectrum age and integrate into society as young adults many also age out of pediatric dental practices and are seen in general practices. As a practicing hygienist and mother of an Autistic child the speaker has learned methods to ease the anxiety associated with dental appointments for many patients in addition to common oral conditions that may affect individuals with Special Needs.
Participants will learn:
- Attendees will review the Autism Spectrum symptoms and commonly related disorders
- Review of common medications used to treat symptoms of the disorder and oral implications
- Introduce alternative methods to treat patients with Special Needs in the dental office
- Discuss recommendation options that may be instrumental for improved homecare
Jamie Collins RDHMore courses with Jamie Collins
Jamie Collins, RDH is a clinical practicing hygienist in Idaho and Washington states. She has been in the dental field for twenty years, both as an assistant and hygienist. With a passion for patient care, especially those with higher risk factors, Jamie enjoys sharing the tips and tricks of dental profession through speaking and writing for various publications. In addition to clinical practice Jamie is also a speaker, educator, has contributed to multiple textbooks, curriculum development, and contributes as a key opinion leader for various companies. Jamie can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit mydentaleducator.com