Autistic adults and children can have various unique challenges related to dental care. Autistic individuals typically have sensory sensitivities, as well as differences in communication, pain perception, and other factors. These differences can make a visit to the dentist, which is in many cases already stressful for any patient, something that is a negative experience if the staff is not knowledgeable on how to support these patients.

IBCCES works with dental professionals to ensure they are properly trained and equipped to provide the highest quality care for autistic patients, sensory processing and other cognitive disorders.

Once you and your team have completed training and certification, your office can be designated as a Certified Autism Centerto ensure individuals and families with autistic children know you are trained and welcoming of patients with ALL needs.

 

All Certified Autism Centers™ meet the following requirements:

Dedicated to serving autistic patients

At least 80% of patient-facing trained and certified in the field of autism

Committed to ongoing specialized training in autism (renewal requirement every 2 years)

Benefits of Certification

Stand out from other practices & gain recognition in your community

Ensure treatments are appropriate & patient interactions are positive with all staff

Instantly earn trust and ease the minds of patients

Attract new families and patients

Autistic Patients May Have:

  • Communication differences
  • Difference in pain perception
  • Potential to become overwhelmed
  • Sensory sensitivities
  • Tooth anomalies or decay
  • Habit of grinding their teeth
Dentist reviewing oral process at a CAC

Did You Know?

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1 in 54 children is diagnosed with autism (and many more are undiagnosed)

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Autism diagnosis is at a 600% increase.

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$268 billion is spent on autism-related services in the US each year.

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1 in 6 people have a sensory need or sensitivity

* Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC)

  • Lee Weinstein DMD

    Lee Weinstein, D.M.D. , F.A.S.D.C

    Learning how to serve people with autism and other sensory disorders will set you apart from most dentists who don’t know how to effectively serve this population and open doors to serve a new community of underserved families.

Training + Patient Care

  • 2-year certification
  • Onsite review of facilities by an expert that includes a comprehensive report with modifications to better serve individuals with sensory needs (depends on the size of the practice)

Recognition and Promotion

  • Listing on International Online Registry
  • Press release and marketing support from IBCCES announcing CAC
  • Framed certification for display
  • Validated Digital Certification Badge for website and social media
  • Featured on CertifiedAutismCenter.com and accessible to over 5.6 million parents, therapists, and educators

Advantages

  • Ensure all staff have the knowledge to cater to the specialized needs of autistic patients
  • Empower your staff
  • Help your center or organization stand out as having expertise in the field of autism
  • Prepare non-clinical staff for approaching a wide variety of perceptual styles
  • Position your center or organization to experience explosive growth as you are able to serve this market
  • Attract partnerships
Your team will complete our online training and certification process. And 80% of patient-facing staff must complete the program to earn Certified Autism Center™ designation.
certification process
*Your clinic may undergo an onsite review by IBCCES experts includes a comprehensive report with suggested changes or modifications to better serve autistic individuals, as well as sensory guides for activities (depends on the size of the practice).

Once you become a Certified Autism Center™, you will be featured as a certified organization on CertifiedAutismCenter.com, which have been developed by IBCCES as credible resources to help leading organizations across the globe showcase themselves as safe, sensory-friendly, trained and certified option for parents and autistic individuals. These resources serve as a guide both for people who are looking for healthcare and education resources in their community that are appropriately trained to serve autistic individuals and their families.

Find Out More About Becoming A Certified Autism Center™

Fill out the form below to learn more about our CAC Program, which includes staff certifications, training options and center certification.