Behavioral Approaches to Dental Care for Patients with Developmental and Behavioral Disabilities
Children with autism and other developmental disabilities often have behaviors and sensitivities that make dental treatment one of the most difficult types of healthcare for them to receive. Follow a pediatric dental team of a child life specialist and hygienist to learn strategies and adaptations to best provide support for patients with developmental and behavioral conditions in pediatric dentistry.
Explore the need for child life services in pediatric dentistry, including current evidence-based need for individualizing healthcare for patients with developmental delays, as well as challenging and aggressive behaviors.
Discuss how interdisciplinary collaboration, when combined with supportive interventions, leads to increased positive outcomes for patients, families, and the dental team.
Explore child life techniques can be adapted for use with children with special needs and challenging behaviors in the healthcare setting to minimize distress and maximize coping during dental encounters.
Discuss how to enhance their confidence and competence when providing services for patients with developmental delays and challenging behaviors.
erri has been a child life specialist for nine years, working at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center for the past five years as a clinician working in the Adaptive Care Team for the outpatient department, facilitating and providing support during healthcare encounters for patients with developmental and behavioral challenges. Kerri is a handler to Cincinnati’s first hospital facility dog, incorporating the use of animal-assisted therapy in her daily practice. Kerri currently serves on the Professional Inquiry Council at Cincinnati Children’s and is a member of the Child Life Council’s Research Committee: Educational and Awareness Subcommittee. Kerri is currently leading a team to develop an evidence-based practice recommendation related to canine animal-assisted therapy in the healthcare setting. Kerri has been an integral member on a number of evidence-based practice projects at Cincinnati Children’s and mentors interns through their own evidence-based practice projects. Kerri is currently is completing an IRB approved research study on the effectiveness of animal-assisted therapy as an intervention to reduce pain and distress during outpatient botulinum toxin injections.