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Oral Health and Autism Spectrum Disorders: A Unique Collaboration between Dentistry and Occupational Therapy

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Mrs. T.H. Chan Division of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy, Herman Ostrow School of Dentistry, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA 90089, USA
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Children’s Hospital Los Angeles and Herman Ostrow School of Dentistry, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA 90089, USA
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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2021, 18(1), 135; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph18010135
Received: 4 November 2020 / Revised: 17 December 2020 / Accepted: 23 December 2020 / Published: 27 December 2020
Children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) are at risk for oral health disparities. With the dramatic rise in ASD prevalence to 1 in 54 children, it is likely that an increasing number of dental practitioners will encounter or be asked to treat children with ASD. This paper reviews explanations related to the increasing prevalence of ASD, provides reasons why children with ASD are at increased risk for poor oral health, and discusses unique interprofessional collaborations between dental practitioners and occupational therapists. Occupational therapists and dentists can work together to plan modifications to the dental environment or adapt dental protocols to reduce some of the barriers encountered by those with ASD, provide desensitization strategies before the clinic visit, or help a child with emotional regulation during clinical treatments. View Full-Text
Keywords: autism spectrum disorder; dentistry; interprofessional collaboration; occupational therapy; oral health autism spectrum disorder; dentistry; interprofessional collaboration; occupational therapy; oral health
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Como, D.H.; Stein Duker, L.I.; Polido, J.C.; Cermak, S.A. Oral Health and Autism Spectrum Disorders: A Unique Collaboration between Dentistry and Occupational Therapy. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2021, 18, 135. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph18010135

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Como DH, Stein Duker LI, Polido JC, Cermak SA. Oral Health and Autism Spectrum Disorders: A Unique Collaboration between Dentistry and Occupational Therapy. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 2021; 18(1):135. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph18010135

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Como, Dominique H.; Stein Duker, Leah I.; Polido, José C.; Cermak, Sharon A. 2021. "Oral Health and Autism Spectrum Disorders: A Unique Collaboration between Dentistry and Occupational Therapy" Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 18, no. 1: 135. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph18010135

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