The Autism Explosion: Myth or Reality

  • Saturday 1/29/2022
  • Time: 8:00 - 11:00 am
  • Course Code: 610SL
  • Cost: $99
  • Room Location: BCEC Room 107 A
  • Credits: 3 CE Hours
Maureen Perry, DDS is a Professor and Director of the Center for Advanced Oral Health at A.T. Still University, Arizona School of Dentistry & Oral Health. She is a graduate of NYU College of Dentistry. She completed a 3-year hospital residency focused on treating patients with medically complex conditions, behavioral health issues, developmental disabilities, and geriatric patients. Dr. Perry earned her Master of Public Administration at Long Island University and recently completed a Master in Dental Education at the University of the Pacific. Dr. Perry is a fellow of the Council of Dentistry for People with Disabilities and is a diplomate of the American Board of Special Care Dentistry. She is a past president of the Special Care Dentistry Association and has served as the U.S. council member for the International Association for Disability & Oral Health. Dr. Perry has had a 25-year career both practicing and teaching special care; lecturing and publishing at the national and international level. In addition, she has served as a subject matter expert in special care dentistry for the US Navy (USNS Comfort Hospital Ship), the Hamad HealthCare Corporation of Qatar, and the Republic of Ireland.

The rising public awareness of people with autism and the increasing number of children being diagnosed have brought this developmental disability to the forefront of medicine. Conflicting reports in the media and literature can lead one to wonder what’s fact and what’s fiction. Are there really more people with autism or are we better at diagnosing it? This evidence-based review of the current literature explores the latest in scientific research regarding the epidemiology and etiology autistic spectrum disorders. Dental management techniques and best practices will be discussed. 

After this course attendees will be able to:
  • Define the term “autistic spectrum disorders”
  • Explain typical characteristics of patients with autism
  • Recognize the current epidemiological trends in autism
  • Compare the current theories of the etiology of autism
  • Apply management techniques and best practices for treating patients with autism
Recommended Audience: Assistant, Dentist, Hygienist