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Managing Behavior in the Dental Care Setting for Patients With Autism Spectrum Disorders


Patients with Autism Spectrum Disorders present challenging behaviors in the dental setting that can interrupt or prevent delivery of dental services. Traditionally, patients with special health care needs have been treated using advanced behavior guidance techniques including conscious sedation and general anesthesia. However, Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) is a new behavioral approach that has demonstrated successful outcomes in guiding and shaping the behavior of patients. During this webinar, experts from Nova Southeastern University College of Dental Medicine (NSU CDM) will share how they have successfully used ABA interventions in the dental setting.

Note: This 2018 ADEA Annual Session & Exhibition highlights webinar will explore content from the meeting that you may have missed.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Explain how ASD may affect patient behavior in the dental care setting.
  2. Identify preventative behavior management strategies.
  3. Discuss responsive behavior management interventions.
CE Information:

The American Dental Education Association is an ADA CERP Recognized Provider.

An evaluation form is available to participants after the conclusion of the live webinar. To earn continuing education (CE) credit for participation in the webinar, the online evaluation must be completed in full by September 6, 2021. After completing the evaluation, webinar participants can print and save the CE Verification Form.

ADA CERP is a service of the American Dental Association to assist dental professionals in identifying quality providers of continuing dental education. ADA CERP does not approve or endorse individual courses or instructors, nor does it imply acceptance of credit hours by boards of dentistry.

The American Dental Education Association designates this activity for 1.0 continuing education credit.

All speakers agree that neither they nor members of their immediate family have any financial relationships with commercial entities that may be relevant to their presentation.


  • Oscar Padilla, D.D.S.

    Dr. Padilla is a full-time faculty member in the Department of Pediatric Dentistry at NSU CDM, where he served as Interim Program Director for the advanced education program from 2008–2010. He completed his training at Columbia University College of Dental Medicine (Columbia CDM) in 1995. He remained at Columbia CDM for his advanced training in pediatric dentistry. He also completed fellowship for United Cerebral Palsy from 1997-1999.

    In 1999, Dr. Padilla entered private practice and joined the faculty at Columbia CDM. In 2002, he joined Bronx Lebanon Hospital Center. Prior to his departure in 2006, Dr. Padilla assumed the role of Interim Director for the postgraduate pediatric dentistry program for 2 years.

  • Tara Sheehan, Ph.D., BCBA

    Dr. Sheehan is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) and Clinical Supervisor for the Challenging Behavior Clinic at the Unicorn Children’s Foundation Clinic at NSU CDM’s Mailman Segal Center for Human Development. Dr. Sheehan has been working with children with autism and related disabilities and their families for over 15 years. She is skilled at identifying skill acquisition goals for an individual’s unique needs and developmental level. As a BCBA, she is experienced in developing behavioral plans to both decrease challenging behavior and increase adaptive behavior.

September 6, 2018
Thu 12:00 PM EDT

Duration 1H 0M

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