Meetings & Events

Indiana Society of Pediatric Dentists and the Indiana University Pediatric Dentistry Alumni Association Virtual Continuing Education and Biennial Conference

Date: April 16-17, 2021

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Friday, April 16, 2021 (6 ceus)

8:15 am: Zoom Session Opens

8:30 am – Noon: Setting Up for Success with Autism Spectrum Disorder: Practical Tips for Minimizing Anxiety and Improving Response in Dentistry

Speaker: Naomi Swiezy, Ph.D., HSPP

Upon completion, participants will be able to understand the primary strengths and challenges of patients with autism spectrum disorder as well as the evidence-based methods available to minimize behaviors during dentistry visits or procedures. Attendees will be able to recognize and consider appropriate applications for tools and strategies presented across dentistry practices, settings and roles. Participants will also be able to actively utilize tools and strategies and further consider adaptations for use across ASD and related patient populations.

Naomi Swiezy, Ph.D., HSPP is Professor of Clinical Psychology in Clinical Psychiatry at the Indiana University School of Medicine having joined the faculty in 1998 after leaving her position at Kennedy Krieger Institute and the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. Dr. Swiezy has spent a number of years directing programs and services within the Department of Psychiatry at IUSM. In 2004, she founded and developed the HANDS in Autism® (Helping Answer Needs by Developing Specialists in Autism) training model and currently serves as Director of the Center bearing the same name. Ultimately, the goal of HANDS in Autism® includes: (1) continuing to expand involvement and access to programming, (2) bridging of community systems, and (3) fostering the growth of local capacity and sustainability in use of evidence-based practices with special needs populations. While foundational support for the Center was provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), ongoing support has been established through grants and contracts as well as through diverse philanthropic support.

12:00 – 1:00 pm: Lunch Break with the IUPDAA Annual Meeting and the ISPD Meeting

1:00 – 3:30 pm: Lecture Resumes

Saturday, April 17, 2021 (3 ceus)

8:45 am: Zoom Session Opens

9:00 am – Noon: Current Research in Pediatric Dentistry

Speakers: IU Pediatric Dental Residents

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