ATN/AIR-P Tool Kit for Dental Professionals

Many children with autism experience a great deal of anxiety when visiting the dentist’s office.

This can be caused by a fear of the unknown, difficulties communicating and reactions to sensory sensitivities.

This guide for dental professionals includes ways to help reduce children’s anxiety level and tips to make the visit more comfortable. The guide will help you better serve the needs of children with autism.

Sections include:

What is Autism?
Potential Areas of Concern for Parents
Preparing for the Family's First Visit
The Dental Appointment
Techniques and Strategies
Frequently Asked Questions
Dental Intake Form

"These materials are the product of on-going activities of the Autism Speaks Autism Treatment Network, a funded program of Autism Speaks. It is supported by cooperative agreement UA3 MC 11054 through the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources and Services Administration, Maternal and Child Health Research Program to the Massachusetts General Hospital. Its contents are solely the responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official views of the MCHB, HRSA, HHS, or Autism Speaks."

Our Autism Response Team (ART) is specially trained to connect people with autism, their families, and caretakers to information, tools, and resources.

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