Managing the Spectrum of Autism Care

Jamie Collins, RDH


Time: 8:00 am - 11:30 am Code: T06 Cost: $30/$45 after Sept. 28 Date: Thursday, October 26

CE Credits: 3 Hour Lecture  |  Subject: Special Needs Patients  |  Recommended for: All Attendees

One in 44 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 1940s, 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.

Learning Objectives:

  • 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 home care.

About the Speaker:

Jamie Collins, RDH-EA, BS is a hygienist licensed in Idaho and Washington states and dedicated to advancing the dental profession.  With more than 20 years in the dental field, it has led her to being involved in many aspects of patient care.  With a passion for patient care, especially those with higher risk factors, Jamie enjoys sharing the tips and tricks of the dental profession. Through speaking and writing for various publications, with more than 80 articles published she educates dental professionals worldwide. She has been awarded the ADHA Trailblazer Award in 2021, 2022 and the first recipient of the ADHA Standout Seven Corporate Hygienist award in 2022.   Jamie has also contributed to multiple textbooks, curriculum development, and contributes as a key opinion leader for various companies.  Her experience has led to her being named the Professional Education Manager at MouthWatch. Financial Relationship – Employee: MouthWatch

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