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2018 Winter Conference

An Approach to Orthodontic Care for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder

Feb 9, 2018 8:45am ‐ Feb 9, 2018 9:30am


Orthodontic treatment for children with ASD is more about the approach to orthodontic care than the delivery of the treatment. Whether practicing in a traditional orthodontic practice or with a pediatric dentist in a group “pedo-ortho” practice, orthodontic treatment always begins with a sound behavior guidance approach. After understanding the “autism Perspective”, all dental practitioners can find behavior guidance approaches in ABA learning; this is the basis for the D-Termined® Program of Familiarization and repetitive tasking. This lecture will outline a treatment approach from anticipatory guidance in the toddler years, to orthodontic treatment in the mixed and permanent dentitions. There may be barriers to orthodontic treatment for many of our patients, but having a disability is not one of them.

Learning Objectives:

  • Recognize characteristics of patients with Autism Spectrum Disorder.
  • Develop a behavior guidance approach for difficult patients.
  • Identify traditional and non traditional approaches to treating orthodontic problems in children with Autism Spectrum Disorder.



  • David Tesini, DMD, MS, FDS, RCSEd : This speaker has nothing to disclose.

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