UOR 2014 Autism rates have risen dramatically in the last decade. One in 88 U.S. children will be diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder; it is more common that pediatric cancer, AIDS, and diabetes combined. Dental hygienists play a critical role in helping patients with autism learn to behave in the dental environment and implementing strategies to prevent dental disease. This course will help hygienists understand autism on a whole new level and will equip attendees with practical take-home tools that will empower the clinician to treat patients with autism. This course is taught by a dental hygienist who has a son with low-functioning autism. She has successfully taught dozens of patients on all levels of the spectrum how to behave in a dental setting and will share her protocols with you.