Friday, July 16, 2010

FYI - Back to School #5 part C - Visiting the Pediatric Dentist


I know we were supposed to conclude with the pediatric dentist info. on yesterday.  But, in providing  a reference link, we reviewed the posted comments from those reading the online article.  So many understood the challenges that people, like our son, face at the dentist office. 

Unfortunately,several of the comments lacked insight, compassion and understanding.  This is one of the reasons we are writing  this blog - to help the non-disabled community understand the disabled community. [We won't provide other readers posted  comments, positive or negative, that's not within the text of a written article.]  We supplied a somewhat rebuttal comment and directed those individuals to our blog.
July 14th, 2010 at 12:44 pm Your comment is awaiting moderation.
Hi-5! What a great dentist. Children and adults with autism spectrum disorder should be treated with respect and humility. Professional doctors should always be professional. If a pedodontist does not want to take the time to learn and train dental staff, then they should not provide services for people touched by this developmental disability. I commend this doctor.
My Google blog,entitled, “Enjoying the Hi-5s of Autism-A Family Experience”, posted a blog today about visiting the pediatric dentist as a back to school FYI. Read about my family’s experiences, including at the dentist.
Feel free to include your comments-try to show some compassion,please. You never know when you, a loved one, colleague or friend will be touched by ASD. Go to .
If you are interested in reviewing the article and viewing the doctors video-taped techniques, go to
Dental Care Program for Children and Adults with Autism

This film is an educational tool used to train dental professionals in the “D-Termined Dental Program of Repetitive Tasking and Familiarization in Dentistry” so that they can provide better dental care to individuals with autism spectrum disorders and other developmental disabilities. Because of their difficulties in communication, heightened sensitivity to, reactivity to, and fear of stimuli in the dental environment, individuals with autism are often unable to receive proper dental care without sedation. The D-Termined Program is a behavior management approach to dentistry which has proven successful in practice with children with developmental disabilities. For more information, please visit:

Remember, as this progressive dentist is seeking to make the dentist visit pleasant while productive for clients with autism, so is Autism Speaks in their Dental Tool Kit Guide and online video.


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