Practical Insights Regarding Autism in Children and Teens


Children with autism spectrum disorders face special challenges cooperating with dental care and carrying out dental self-care.

This half-day workshop for dentists aims to provide a concise, useful summary of Autism Spectrum Disorder, with attention to emotional, sensory, communication, and interactional challenges experienced by many children on the autism spectrum. The workshop will combine a didactic presentation and a number of short break-out exercises


Attendees will be able to:

  • Increase awareness about how autism may affect a child’s thinking, social interactions, emotions, and sensory experience.
  • Review ways that autism may affect an autistic child’s experience of dental care and patient self-care.
  • Examine professional approaches to autistic youth that have the potential to increase cooperation and follow-up.

Meet the Speaker: Joel Shaul, LCSW

Joel Shaul specializes in mental health services for children and teens on the autism spectrum.

In his work with children on the autism spectrum in various settings, Joel has noticed a need for more engaging social skills curricula, stronger visual components and more compelling social skills learning activities. 

He received a master’s degree in social work from the University of Louisville and a bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Michigan.  Prior to his mental health career, Joel was a community organizer with the Peace Corps in Sierra Leone where he helped to build a midwife clinic and develop a health education curriculum for primary schools.

“I declare that neither I nor any member of my family has a financial arrangement or affiliation with any corporate organization offering financial support or grant monies for this continuing dental education program greater than $999, nor do I have a financial interest greater than $1,000 in any commercial product(s) I will discuss in the presentation.”

Registration Information

Fees & Credits

Dentist: $199
Bring your Dental Assistant or Dental Hygienist for $99

Contact Hours:
4 CEU Lecture


Friday, October 13, 2023
1:00PM – 5:00PM
Check-in begins at 12:30PM


FSW State College
Collier Campus

7505 Grand Lely Dr.
Naples, Fl. 34113
Building J, Room J-104