Overview

This continuing education course begins by answering very basic questions about autism: what is it, how is it diagnosed, and what will it look like in a dental setting. A large section is dedicated to communication and sensory processing difficulties as these pose the most challenging difficulties for professionals who have never worked with patients on the spectrum. The oral health section includes what oral conditions are associated with autism with recommendations of how to handle a dental appointment, how to help the patient prepare for the appointment, how to use basic behavioral strategies to increase compliance and understanding, and lastly recommendations on products the author has found useful in working with patients with autism.