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Exclusively for The Dentist, we offer an incredible amount of crucial information for the dentists, who are wanting to work with children, adolescents, young adults and adults living with Autism. Upon completion of this certification course, Dentists can be considered to be “Autism Care Specialists” with “Autism Friendly Practices.”

Proposal: 
Offer our AUTISM CAREGIVER TRAINING PROGRAM for your practice. 
Appropriate for Paediatric and General Dentistry.

  • There is no one in North America doing what we are doing. This is important. Autism is (unfortunately) a huge and growing “industry”. The potential to increase revenues, increase new clients and potential for the family of the person with Autism to also follow as new clients for Dentists is significant. In addition, the potential for Press & Publicity is super significant, if you want it. Before … during … and after. Announcing your initiative … During the Program … and after as a follow-up to the Program.

  • This is a powerful revenue generating opportunity for Dentists, in addition to press & publicity for your practice.

HEALTHCARE SERVICE PROVIDER TRAINING – A PRACTICAL APPROACH to WORKING with CHILDREN, ADOLESCENTS & ADULTS WITH AUTISM

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Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) now affects 1 in 36, with diagnosed rates continuing to dramatically increase. Autism Spectrum Disorder is the fastest growing and most commonly diagnosed neurological disorder in North America (Autism Speaks, 2023) Due to the many challenges of living with Autism, including : communication; sensory; behavior; gross motor; fine motor; daily living skills and more – this segment of the population is often unable to communicate pain, unable to maintain their own health & daily hygiene, show super heightened responses to sensory inputs and often cannot tolerate the “regular” healthcare environment. Medical, health, safety and daily living manifestations go undetected … and untreated … far more than the general population. This program will help understand the reasons for, preventative measures for and caregiving requirements for the many common manifestations as a result of living with ASD. We will delve into dealing with challenging behaviors and communication barriers as a result of living with Autism, as well as the impact for your role of being an “Autism Care Specialist.”

Topics include:
· Autism – what it is – what it means
· Your Role as an Autism Care Specialist
· biomedical considerations
· increased safety issues = 24/7 supervision
· reinforcement, rewards, reinforcement schedules
· speech … speech and more speech
· PECS, Sign, Visuals
   - Visual Supports / Visual Schedules / Task Analysis
   - “ First / Then “ … “ Do This “ … “ Show Me “ …
· OT
· sensory considerations
· social inclusion and modeling considerations
· behavior
· daily living skills / compliance at home
· eating / sleeping / toileting
· playtime therapy
· video modelling
· the environment = adapted dental environments = having an autism friendly practice
· the school system
· working with support teams = the family / the therapy team / the school team
· advocacy … advocacy and more advocacy
· seizures
· all the way to adults with autism
· so now you’re an autism care specialist = marketing your practice
· involvement and contribution in the world of autism

LEARNING OBJECTIVES:

· Learn what Autism is, how it impacts the patient, (and ultimately your practice) and your role as an Autism Care Specialist.


· Learn how you can make your practice “Autism Friendly” with Adapted Dental Environments.


· Learn how you can increase compliance – in your practice -- and at your patient’s home.


· Learn how to deal with challenging behaviors and overcome communication barriers when dealing with people with Autism.


· Learn how “Video Modelling” can be used successfully with Autism.


· Learn – now that you are an “Autism Care Specialist” – now what ? Marketing yourself and involvement with the world of Autism.

Imperative for anyone wanting to work with children / adolescents / young adults / adults with Autism. Valuable for anyone allied to the field.

•Learn what Autism is, how it impacts the patient, the family and your role as a Healthcare Service Provider Autism Care Specialist.

This presentation is intended to provide information about how characteristics of ASD influence communication & behavior and how those characteristics result in deficits in self-care for the person living with ASD. Issues reviewed will include skills needed for effective communication and why and when these are impaired for children/youth/adults with ASD, difficulties can occur.

•Learn how to understand Sensory Issues and Adapted Environments.

This presentation will include information about sensory differences that may be present in children/youth/adults with ASD. It will include a review of behaviors that may be related to over-responsiveness/under-responsiveness to sensory input as well as sensorimotor integration issues that may impact motor planning, oral motor planning and coordination. Information and strategies to support improved participation will be discussed.

•Learn how you can increase compliance – working with families – working with school teams – and at your patient’s home. The link between ASD, behaviors and compliance.

This presentation explores basic principles of behavior, including the nature of reinforcement, behavior function, and how behavior is strengthened to increase the likelihood it will happen again (or not happen again).

•Learn how to deal with challenging behaviors and overcome communication barriers when dealing with people with Autism.

This presentation will include plans for behavior change with ways to improve healthcare providers’ overall well-being along with the well-being of the person with ASD; strategies for preventing problem behaviors; and lastly, what to do when problem behavior occurs to reduce the likelihood of strengthening it or escalating, to help insure the health & safety of all involved.

•Learn how “Video Modelling” can be used successfully with Autism.

This presentation will include general information about intervention approaches to support communication development. Specifically, Video Modelling for use for many health, medical and daily living aid related issues.

•Learn – now that you are an “Autism Care Specialist” – now what ?

This presentation will consider your (hopeful) future increased involvement with the world of Autism.

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