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Oral Health Considerations for People with Special Needs Course

Oral Health Considerations for People with Special Needs is an online, web-based course for dentists, dental hygienists, dental students, dental hygiene and dental assisting students interested in caring for individuals with special needs. This course was developed by the University of the Pacific Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry, Pacific Center for Special Care under the direction of Dr. Paul Glassman and Ms. Christine Miller. The course is designed to inform the learner about the dental needs and ways to effectively provide oral health services to individuals with special needs, the issues faced in oral health challenges, disease prevention strategies and various effective dental treatment modalities.

There are opportunities to integrate this type of education into student and professional education. Upon completion of training, your students or team members will be able to

  • Describe the principles of disease prevention strategies for special needs groups.
  • Discuss the implications of effective behaviors supports clinicians may adopt.

Within the online didactic curriculum, there are seventeen learning modules, each with its own self-assessment quiz. Each module covers a separate subject area and may be studied independently of the other modules; however, the instructor may choose to assign sets of modules to be studied together.  Topics include

  1. An Overview of Dental Treatment for People with Special Needs  
  2. Online Information, References and Resources
  3. The Social Context for Oral Health Care for People with Special Needs        
  4. Community-based Systems to Improve Oral Health for People with Special Needs        
  5. Oral Health Implications of Intellectual Disabilities
  6. Oral Health Implications of Cerebral Palsy    
  7. Oral Health Implications of Seizure Disorders
  8. Autism
  9. Abuse and Neglect in Elders and Dependent Adults      
  10. Consent for Adults with Cognitive Impairments    
  11. Overcoming Behavioral Obstacles to Dental Health
  12. Preventing Dental Diseases in People with Special Needs    
  13. Dental Treatment Planning Considerations for People with Special Needs      
  14. Accessibility and Wheel Chair Transfer for Dental Office Treatment of Special Patients
  15. Special Equipment, Tips and Tricks for Dental Office Treatment of Special Patients
  16. Working with Fearful Patients
  17. The Dentist as Healer

COURSE COMPONENTS

 Each module presents information in the following format:

  1. Presenter name, module description, and learning objectives
  2. A PowerPoint presentation with audio clip and presenter notes for each slide. To see an example of a presentation, click here.
  3. A "self-assessment quiz" for each module. The quizzes are set up as learning experiences. A score of 100% must be earned on each quiz.  Therefore students will be allowed to take the quizzes multiple times until they master the material.
  4. A discussion guide for support of more intensive learning opportunities which may be used individually or in collaboration with colleagues and other learners about the material in the presentation.
  5. Additional material such as handouts, links to websites, or other resources pertaining to the module for expanded learning on the topics.

ACCESSING THE COURSE

Pacific provides the course through Pacific's learning management system for a fee. Pacific will assign a faculty member or dental director from your institution as an administrator/instructor to the course in Sakai. This will allow the instructor to access student grades, monitor the discussion board and post announcements. Pacific will assist in making the materials available, enrolling students and instructors into the course, and providing technical support. Students and faculty will have access to the Sakai materials for one year. 

FEES

The fee is dependent upon the number of faculty and students who will be participating in the course. It is Pacific's goal to keep the cost to users reasonably priced to encourage maximum use. Please contact Marceyl Jones to discuss the fee.

Contact Information

If you're interested in the course, please contact:
Marceyl Jones, Administrator
415.749.3384
mjones1@pacific.edu
(Please reference "Oral Health Considerations for People with Special Needs Distance Education Course" in your email subject)