CE Course: Dental Management of Patients with Autism Spectrum Disorders

Course Description

Dental Management of Patients with Autism Spectrum Disorders
1 in 54 children are diagnosed with ASD in the United States. Increasing ASD diagnosis means that dental providers will begin to see more patients that present with special needs.
  • What are some of the best practices for treating individuals with ASD?
  • Are there specific clinical features associated with ASD?
  • Did you know that successful dental visits begin with cyclic levels of care? What exactly does this mean?

In this course you will learn various ways to recognize common oral diseases and challenges associated with ASD patients. You will learn practical behavioral modification techniques that are proven for patients with ASD. You will also learn ways to adapt your office to make visits more comfortable for patients with ASD.

Upon completion of this course, the practitioner will be able to:

  1. Identify the main clinical features associated with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD).
  2. Compare and contrast the various levels of behavior modification techniques available to oral health providers in the care of patients with autism.
  3. Describe personalized intake processes and sensory-adaptive environments for patients with autism.

2.5 live CE credits

Consists of a 1-hour interactive module you can complete at your own pace any time, plus a 1.5-hours Zoom class session with the instructor to enhance your learning through activities. Online module format includes interactive animations, knowledge-checks, quizzes, online discussions with peers, and interaction between the instructors and participants to guarantee answers to questions.


  • Online Module: Dental Management of Patients with Autism Spectrum Disorders
  • Module Release Date: November 8, 2021 (This module must be completed by Wednesday, November 17, 2021 @ 6:00 pm EST in order to attend the Zoom session)

  • Live Zoom Session:
    Wednesday, November 17, 2021: 7:00 - 8:30 pm EST

Course fee:   $48

Refund/Cancellation Policies
Payments are non-refundable and non-transferable to any other course. However, if a course was registered in error, a refund may be granted. The refund request must be made within 24 hours of registration and emailed to Toni DePena at toni@nyu.edu. If any courses are canceled by NYU, a full refund will be given; in that case, students will not need to request a refund. Partial refunds will not be granted for any missed sessions.


Meet the Instructors

Kim Attanasi, PhD, MS, RDH

This course will be taught by Dr. Kim Attanasi, NYU College of Dentistry.

Kim Attanasi, PhD, MS, RDH, is a clinical assistant professor in the Department of Dental Hygiene and Dental Assisting at NYU College of Dentistry and is the student professional development coordinator for the Department of Dental Hygiene and Dental Assisting. She is a student advisor to the Student American Dental Hygienists’ Association (SADHA) and is active in the ADHA and its state affiliate. Dr. Attanasi served on the political action committee for the northern component of ADHA and served as public health director of the New Jersey Dental Hygienists’ Association (NJDHA). She was the recording secretary of NJDHA’s northern component for almost 10 years and is the current president. She is the New York State Dental Hygienist Liaison (DHL). In her role as a DHL, Dr. Attanasi serves as a communication link between the National Center on Early Childhood Health and Wellness, Head Start agencies, and state, territory, and tribal child care agencies on topics related to the oral health of pregnant women and children enrolled in Head Start and child care. In 2019 she was awarded an ADHA presidential citation for her contributions to women and children’s health. Dr. Attanasi is the current president of the New York State Dental Hygiene Educators’ Association. With more than 29 years of experience as a clinical dental hygienist, she holds an MS degree from the University of Maryland College of Dentistry and a PhD in public health from Walden University

New York University is designated as an approved Provider by the American Academy of Dental Hygiene, Inc. #AADHNYU (January 1, 2021 December 31, 2021). Approval does not imply acceptance by a state or provincial Board of Dentistry.



Online module developed by Kim Attanasi, RDH, PhD; Andrea Beall, RDH, EdD; Lisa Stefanou, RDH, MPH; and Rose Amable, DDS; New York University College of Dentistry.


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