Special Needs Dentistry: Deaf and Blindness 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 targets communication issues encountered in the delivery of care to an adult with deaf blindness.

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 caring for an individual with one or more sensory impairments.
  2. The dentist will be able to identify the appropriate role for a personal care assistant in providing support to an individual with sensory impairments.
  3. The dentist will discuss various methods of facilitating communication with individuals having sensory impairments such as deafblindness; including a cursory understanding of FM systems.
  4. The dentist will list specific accommodations which may assist the patient with sensory impairments regarding postoperative instruction.


Two interactive, multi-media, virtual patient modules were 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 second case focuses on communication issues involved in the delivery of care to an adult with deafblindness. 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.
  4. Case Two: Daniel is a young man with deafblindness. The actor in this case is played by an individual who actually has this disability.

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