Read about autism and dental health care research:

Joanna Granich, Ashleigh Lin, Loc Giang Do, Liana Luzzi, Alena Dass, Madeleine Y. Rayner, Andrew J.O. Whitehouse. Oral health and dental care among children with and without an autism spectrum disorder in Australia: a comparative study. 9th May 2017. International Society for Autism Research (INSAR), San Francisco, California, USA

Abstract Poster

Presented at the International Society for Autism Research (INSAR), May 2017, San Francisco, California, USA

Read more research publications: Joanna Granich

Tips and Tools

A common way to assist your child to better understand about healthcare situations or health behaviours is to use a specific social story - a concept developed by Carol Gray (1990) or a visual support to help them learn, develop skills and facilitate independence.

Some children including those with an autism spectrum disorder may respond well to this preparatory and learning strategy. However, others may require more support or interventions.

  • Going to visit the dentist
  • Going to hospital for dental surgery
  • Teethbrushing routine

Useful Links

Child Health and Autism Research

  • Telethon Kids Institute
  • 60SecondScience by Professor Andrew Whitehouse
  • Autism – Cooperative Research Centre
  • International Society for Autism Research
  • Spectrum News

Dental Health

  • Australian Dental Association
  • Australian Dental and Oral Health Therapist’s Association
  • Dental care for people with disabilities
  • Your Dental Health: A Guide for People with a Disability, Their Family Carers, Friends and Advocates
  • Dental Kit

Autism Advocacy and Support Services

  • Autism West
  • Autism Association of WA
  • Autism Parents Handbook