CDE: [Center for Persons with Disabilities Presentation Series] Bridging the Gap: Tips for Treating a Patient with Autism

Mar, 2021
05:30 PM-07:00 PM

Presented virtually via Zoom Webinar

Time: 5:30-7:00 pm EST; This virtual lecture will begin promptly at 5:30 pm via Zoom Webinar.
Registration: FREE; Registration is still required.
CE Credits: 1.5 lecture credits
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Course Description

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is reporting that 1 in every 54 children today is born with some form of Autism, a disease that affects an individual’s ability to communicate, socialize, and in some cases function independently on a day-to-day basis. Practitioners are finding patients who are challenged with these impairments in their practice on a more routine basis than ever before. The need to better understand these patients and their unique abilities and gifts has never been greater.

Learning Objectives

  • Understand how Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is defined
  • Recognize how to properly assess the patient’s abilities
  • Review techniques and options for treatment that encompass creativity and the latest in technology


Karen A. Raposa, RDH, MBA, is a clinical education manager with Hu-Friedy Manufacturing, a worldwide company in the dental industry. She received her MBA from the University of Massachusetts and is an international speaker and co-editor of a textbook titled “Treating the Dental Patient with a Developmental Disorder.” She is a former assistant professor in Boston University’s Department of General Dentistry and was awarded the title as one of the “Top 25 Women in Dentistry.” Raposa also serves on New York University’s Oral Health Center for People with Disabilities Advisory Board.oral hygiene instructions.

University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine is an ADA CERP Recognized Provider. 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.

University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine designates this activity for 1.5 continuing education credits.