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Project Title

Project Title

Assessment and Treatment of Disruptive Behavior Maintained by Escape from Dental Procedures

Principal Investigator

Principal Investigator

Sassi, Jess

Description

Description

This project evaluated variables that impact the effectiveness of a desensitization-based approach to treatment problem behavior during dental exams. Therapy sessions were conducted in a practice dental room at NECC, and pre- and post-treatment data were collected during actual dental exams at FCHB. The effects of densensitization with and without extinction, enhanced fading techniques, and differential reinforcement contingencies were evaluated. Results showed that desensitization was most effective when used in conjunction with extinction, but that enhanced fading techniques and reinforcement produced therapuetic effects when extinction was not implemented. Results also showed that improvements obtained during therapy sessions did result in improvements in cooperative behavior during actual dental exams. These data were presented at BABAT 2012, APBA 2013, ABAI 2013,BABAT 2013, DADD 2014, APBA 2014, CEC 2014

Funder

Funder

The New England Center for Children

Fiscal Year Funding

Fiscal Year Funding

1143

Current Award Period

Current Award Period

2012-2014

Strategic Plan Question

Strategic Plan Question

Question 5: Where Can I Turn For Services?

Strategic Plan Objective

Strategic Plan Objective

Yellow dot: Objective has some degree of funding, but less than the recommended amount. 5LE. Support three studies of dental health issues for people with ASD by 2015. This should include: o One study on the cost-benefit of providing comprehensive dental services, including routine, non-emergency medical and surgical dental services, denture coverage, and sedation dentistry to adults with ASD as compared to emergency and/or no treatment. IACC Recommended Budget: $900,000 over 3 years. o One study focusing on the provision of accessible, person-centered, equitable, effective, safe, and efficient dental services to people with ASD. IACC Recommended Budget: $900,000 over 3 years. o One study evaluating pre-service and in-service training program to increase skill levels in oral health professionals to benefit people with ASD and promote interdisciplinary practice. IACC Recommended Budget: $900,000 over 3 years.

Project Link

Project Link

No link available.

Institution

Institution

New England Center for Children

State/Country

State/Country

Massachusetts

Project Number

Project Number

Federal or Private?

Federal or Private?

Private

Received ARRA Funding?

Received ARRA Funding?

No

History/Related Projects

History/Related Projects

Assessment and Treatment of Disruptive Behavior Maintained by Escape from Dental Procedures | 1143 | 2014 |

 
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