Florida's First Choice for Autism Supports
January 13, 2024
Individuals with neurodevelopmental disabilities (NDD) experience major health disparities compared to those without disabilities. Some of these disparities are due to increased rate of fear behavior exhibited by individuals with NDD in response to medical environments and lack of provider training on how to treat individuals with NDD. The presenter will discuss research and practice on approaches to training caregivers and healthcare personnel to work more effectively with neurodiverse individuals. First, the presenter will describe research that aimed to train dentists and medical students to promote compliance when providing routine exams to adults with NDD. Next, the presenter will describe research that aimed to train caregivers of adults with NDD to increase tolerance to routine dental exams and to positive airway pressure (PAP) therapy. Outcomes of this research suggest that large-scale training programs may help reduce health disparities for individuals with NDD.