|Project Title||Principal Investigator||Institution|
|An evaluation of brief scheduled breaks to reduce distress in typical and developmentally disabled children undergoing restorative dental treatment||Allen, Keith||University of Nebraska Medical Center|
|Establishing compliance with dental procedures in children with ASD||Bishop, Michele||Center for Autism and Related Disorders (CARD)|
|IACC Strategic Plan Objective||2008||2009||2010||2011||2012||Total|
|Support three studies of dental health issues for people with ASD by 2015. This should include: ||N/A ||N/A ||5.L.E |
|5.L.E. Funding: The recommended budget was partially met. |
Progress: While several important projects have been funded in this area, there is a gap in projects that focus on dental services for adults and training for dentists working with autistic adults.
Remaining gaps, needs and opportunities: While the funded studies focus on behavior management, a more comprehensive health focus is needed to address the dental needs of children and adults with ASD. This objective is very specific, but there are other important primary health care needs for people with ASD that need to be addressed. In the future, perhaps this topic could be collapsed under a broader general objective that addresses primary health care needs (combined with 5.S.D, 5.L.D). If a new objective were to be written, other important primary care issues such as mental health services should be included.