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Date(s) - May 13, 2020
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Event Details

Webinar – Behavioral Strategies for Treating Special Needs in Your Practice

12:00pm-1:00pm • 1 CEU , Core • $10 Registration Price

Individuals with Autism(ASD) and Intellectual Disability(ID) are at an increased risk for tooth decay and loss compared to the general population. In addition, this population accesses dental care far less. Providing dental treatment for this population can be difficult due to challenging behaviors (aggression, self-injury etc.) as well as limitations in functional skills (remaining seated, following instructions etc.). For those that cannot be treated in the dental office, the solution has been for patients to receive needed dental procedures in a hospital setting, under general anesthesia. However, with hospitals reducing the availability of operating rooms and the continued demand for specialty care, providers must explore alternatives to general anesthesia in order to effectively treat this underserved population. In this presentation the speakers will discuss the following:

  • Review of the literature: Oral Health Statistics, Why People Avoid the Dentist, Successful Models for Increasing Compliance with Dental Procedures
  • Evidence-Based Practices for Patients with ASD/ID
  • Practical strategies for tailoring your practice to reach this population

Mary Rettinhouse, MS, BCaBA; Autism Clinical Specialist (Alta California Regional Center)

Mary Rettinhouse is the Autism Clinical Specialist for Alta California Regional Center located in Sacramento, California. She also holds a leadership position on the California Autism Professional Training and Information Network or “CAPTAIN”. As a clinical specialist her role is multi-faceted and includes clinical oversight of behavioral services, training and technical assistance of community treatment providers and consultation with individuals with Developmental Disabilities and their circles of support. Ms. Rettinhouse has a Masters of Science in Psychology and has been board certified in Behavior Analysis since 2007. She has worked in both the private and public sectors with individuals diagnosed with developmental disabilities for 15 years. She is most passionately dedicated to helping individuals overcome issues they face due to having a developmental disability and connect them with quality services and supports to meet their needs and achieve their personal goals.

Amy McCreary, MS, BCBA; Behavior Analyst (Alta California Regional Center)

Amy McCreary is a Behavior Analyst with Alta California Regional Center, located in Sacramento California. Ms. McCreary is passionate about supporting and empowering individuals with developmental disabilities and their support systems. Her role is consultative in nature providing her the opportunity to consult on cases in which behaviors serve as a barrier to services and independence. Ms. McCreary provides clinical oversight for behavioral services, and educates treatment providers and circles of support on principles of applied behavior analysis, evidence based practices, and client’s rights.

Ms. McCreary holds a Master’s of Science in Psychology with an emphasis in Applied Behavior Analysis and has been board certified as a Behavior Analyst since 2015. She has worked with individuals diagnosed with developmental disabilities and infants/toddlers identified as at-risk for being diagnosed with developmental disabilities for more than 15 years across home, school, community and center-based settings. Ms. McCreary is dedicated to advocating for quality services, promoting quality of life for individuals with developmental disabilities, and supporting family units remaining intact.

This course has been postponed.