Special Needs Dentistry: Down Syndrome Virtual Patient Interactive Case
You will receive 1 credit(s) of continuing education credit upon successful completion of this course. The purchase price of this course is $49.00


The Preservice Health Training Modules for Dentists consist of two interactive multimedia learning modules. This case focuses on effective clinical interaction in a 10 year old child with Down syndrome.

Learning Objectives:

Upon completion of this course, participants should be able to do the following:

  1. The dentist will be able to characterize the physical, cognitive, emotional, and oral circumstances typically associated with a child having Down syndrome.
  2. Dentist will be able to verbalize ways to prepare office staff to care for individuals with Down syndrome and other special needs.
  3. Dentist will be able to list several ways of gaining cooperation in pediatric patients with intellectual disability.
  4. Dentist will be able to discuss specific dental considerations which frequently present in patients with Down syndrome.


An interactive, multi-media, virtual patient module was designed and developed on compact disc (CD-ROM) as an instructional tool to address the need for dentists to increase their competence and comfort level in caring for individuals with developmental disabilities. Development teams consisting of pediatric and general dentistry faculty members, parents of children with developmental disabilities, an individual with a developmental disability, and educational specialists developed the two interactive, virtual patient cases. The first case involves a ten year old child with Down syndrome presenting with a painful tooth. The interactive case format requires dentists to make decisions regarding proper interactions with the child, as well as appropriate clinical procedures throughout the case. The case/module format employs an Information Point, Decision Point, Video Demonstration instructional design. Effectiveness studies conducted with dental students from the University of Kentucky Dental College demonstrated significant student gains in both comfort and knowledge levels post module completion.

  1. Preservice Health Training Project Information
    1. Introduction to the PHT Project
    2. Course Objectives
    3. Instructor’s/Guide 
    4. Student Guide
    5. Troubleshooting Guide
    6. In Memoriam
    7. Warrantees and Disclaimers
    8. Credits

  2. Developmental Disabilities:
    1. Autism
    2. Cerebral palsy
    3. Mental retardation
    4. Down syndrome
    5. Spina bifida

  3. Case One: Hunter is a ten year old boy with Down syndrome. The patient is played by an actor with this developmental disability.

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