Treating the Dental Patient with a Developmental Disorder provides a basic understanding of patients with developmental and intellectual disorders and offers help in communicating with and treating with developmental disabilities, including autism spectrum disorders, Down Syndrome, attention deficit, cerebral palsy, spina bifida, learning disabilities, and others.
- Presents descriptions of most common forms of developmental and intellectual disorders
- Provides practical methods of caring for patients with these disabilities, including how to guide and model behavior
- Offers practice management tips to accommodate patients with special needs, particularly those with autism
- Includes instructions to give caregivers for home oral therapy
Karen A. Raposa, RDH, MBA is a registered dental hygienist and mother of a son with autism. She has written textbook chapters, magazine articles, and continuing education materials on patients with autism and developmental disabilities. Ms. Raposa lectures internationally at professional dental and dental hygiene meetings.
Steven P. Perlman, DDS, MScD, DHL (Hon) is Global Clinical Director of the Special Olympics Special Smiles program. He also is Clinical Professor of Pediatric Dentistry at the Boston University School of Dental Medicine and works in private practice in Lynn, Massachusetts.