From the Back Cover
Treating the Dental Patientwith a Developmental Disorder provides a basic understanding of patients with developmental and intellectual disorders and offers help in communicating with and treating these patients. The book opens with an overview of the major types of developmental disabilities autism spectrum disorders, Down Syndrome, attention deficit, cerebral palsy and others such as spina bifida and learning difficulties. Following chapters also discuss how to gather personal information, medical histories, dental experiences, and oral habits; determine family dynamics; and understand how to communicate with patients and model desired patient behavior. The authors also cover aspects of the dental exam and hygiene appointment, and restorative treatment, both in the office and hospital setting. A review of follow–up care and the long–term impact on the practice, the patient, and the families when caring for these patients is covered. Treating the Dental Patientwith a Developmental Disorder is a must–have book for practicing and student pediatric dentists, general dentists, and dental hygienists whose patients include families with developmentally or intellectually disabled members.
Key features include:
- Descriptions of most common forms of developmental and intellectual disorders
- Practical methods of caring for patients with these disabilities, including how to guide and model behavior
- Practice management tips to accommodate patients with special needs
- Instructions to give caregivers for home oral therapy
About the Author
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.