Sensory-adapted dental environments being developed for children with autism – w/video

Los Angeles — A collaboration between the Children’s Hospital Los Angeles and the University of Southern California is having researchers look into how sensory-adapted dental environments could improve the dental experience of children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD).

Dental visits often make both the young and old alike anxious— and the scenario is usually problematic for the typically developing young ones, let alone for those struggling with ASD.

This has been a cause for concern for many as families caring for children on the spectrum are often left with tough choices to make, such as sedating or restraining their children, or even foregoing dental visits instead.

In an attempt to solve this inevitable problem, a team of researchers comprised of dentists and occupational therapists came up with what they call a ‘sensory-adapted dental environment’, which aims to significantly improve the dental experience of children suffering from severe sensory problems.

A ‘sensory-adapted dental environment’ features “hugging” seat covers, dimmed lights, slow-moving visuals being projected onto the ceiling, and soothing music being played in the background. Researchers were so far able to test the modified dental environment in a study that involved a small group of 44 children— half of them with autism— and have found promising results.

According to one of the researchers, Dr. Sharon Cermak of the USC:

“So far the children are showing less behavioral distress. We’re seeing that with both typical children and children with autism spectrum disorders.”

The researchers are now planning to test the environment with a larger group of children.

KOAA.com | Continuous News | Colorado Springs and Pueblo

Source: KOAA5.com: Your Healthy Family: New research helps kids with autism at the dentist

 

Click here for reuse options!
Copyright 2015 Autism Daily Newscast

Top Stories and Breaking News

Researchers hope to revolutionize autism diagnosis through Autism & Beyond app

New York — A team of researchers from Duke are hoping to revolutionize how autism is diagnosed in young children through an iPhone app called ‘Autism & Beyond’. The researchers are working closely with Apple in hopes of improving how autism is diagnosed in children today. Due to the surge of the number of children […]

The damage of Chlorine Dioxide also peddled as Miracle Mineral Solution

For those of you that do not know there’s a very real threat to our autistic children in the world today. Naive parents and carers are being told that parasitic worms are the cause of autism in their children. They are being told that if they remove these worms with CD (Chlorine Dioxide) treatments the […]

Blogging mother, Temporary Tourist, shares her experiences of Disney’s Guest Assistance rule change

We’ve had mixed responses on Disney’s decision to change the Guest Assistance Card system. We reported Autism Hippie’s experiences on October 11. Disney implemented a change in their guest assistance cards for children and adults with special needs on October 9 after reports that people were flagrantly abusing the old system. Cards called Disability Access […]