Session A: Dental Care for Individuals with ASD
Beverly King, MEd
Center for Autism & Related Disabilities at USF


This presentation will provide unique learning opportunities to teach you and your children how to have and keep good oral health which also is an important part of overall health. Not only will it provide tools to effectively teach a lifelong oral hygiene routine, but will also teach you ways to prepare for a person’s first dental visit. Lastly, it will provide functional suggestions to facilitate a successful dental visit.


  1. Identify why good oral hygiene is important.
  2. Discuss a variety of ways to support and facilitate good oral hygiene practices at home.
  3. Learn positive behavioral strategies to implement for dental office visits.


Beverly King, M. Ed. currently serves as a CARD consultant on the Early Intervention Team at the Center for Autism and Related Disabilities at the University of South Florida. Before moving to Florida she worked as a special education teacher and consultant for the Dougherty County School System in Albany, Georgia, where she taught preschool-aged children with Autism. Prior to teaching she was a Regional Coordinator for Parent to Parent of GA. Beverly received her Bachelor's and Master's degrees in Special Education from Albany State University after spending 13 years in the U.S. Navy as a Dental Laboratory Technician. She credits her 19 year old daughter who has autism as her inspiration for her current work.

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Beverly King, MEd
CARD Consultant
Center for Autism & Related Disabilities at USF
Florida Center for Inclusive Communities
University of South Florida
13301 Bruce B. Downs Blvd.
Tampa, Fl 33612

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