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Presented by Ann-Marie C. DePalma
CDA, RDH, MEd, FADIA, FAADH

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PACE Academy of General Dentistry Program Approval for Continuing Education

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Course Description

Pediatric Dentistry

As dental professionals we are in a unique position to assist our patients in the maintenance and improvement of their medical and dental health, even for our youngest patients. Would you know what to do, what to say or how to refer a child that may be exhibiting developmental delays?

In this interactive session, attendees learn what to look for and where to refer patients for diagnosis and treatment. From identifying childhood speech/language and motor developmental delays, to understanding the appropriate referral sources, gain confidence and boost the standard of patient care to help reduce frustration and anxiety for both the parent and patient. Discussion of the physically or mentally challenged child is not provided.

“The educational teaching methodology used in this course is live, interactive lecture presented via Zoom webinar with an accompanying PowerPoint presentation. Both the live webinar and the PowerPoint presentation incorporate a variety of audio and visual cues to enhance audience members’ understanding and retention of key concepts. In addition, question and answer periods are provided for at the conclusion of each section of the live webinar.”

Course Objectives

At the completion of this course the participants should be able to:

  1. Identify oral health risks associated with childhood developmental communication and motor delays and disorders
  2. Explore the essential components of communication and early motor skills and what could signify as an issue
  3. Discover the characteristics of children who would be at most risk for developing delays
  4. Differentiate which healthcare specialties could be appropriate for patient referrals
  5. Review oral health products which are used by developmental specialists during treatment
  6. Discuss appropriate ADA coding for early childhood (birth – age 3) evaluation and primary caregiver