Special Needs and Communication in Dentistry Case: Cerebral Palsy (Daniel)

Publication ID Published Version
9283 December 4, 2012 1


This particular case was created for use in the first semester of the pre-doctoral dental students’ second year. Case materials were created and gathered to fulfill the following primary objectives: to educate about caring for a medically complex dental patient (CP patient specifically), to become familiar with HIPAA in the context of electronic information exchange, to write an official medical consult letter, to practice oral hygiene demonstrations, to research and formulate a comprehensive periodontal treatment plan, and to cite sources properly.


McKenzie C, Mitchell S. Special Needs and Communication in Dentistry Case: Cerebral Palsy (Daniel). MedEdPORTAL Publications; 2012. Available from: https://www.mededportal.org/adea/publication/9283   http://dx.doi.org/10.15766/mep_2374-8265.9283

Educational Objectives

  1. To describe the biology, presentation, and treatment impacts of CP.
  2. To understand what HIPAA requires when electronically transmitting patient information, what steps to take to remain in compliance, and what possible actions to consider when a breach occurs.
  3. To write a request for medical consultation.
  4. To complete a standardized Caries Risk Assessment* form
    *Copyright American Dental Association, 2009, 2011. Used by permission.
  5. To demonstrate effective oral hygiene for this patient.
  6. To write a SOAP note and create a comprehensive periodontal treatment plan.
  7. To demonstrate evidence-based decision-making by proper citation of literature sources.


  • Small Groups, Cerebral Palsy, Periodontal Diseases, Treatment Plan, PBL


  • Dental
    • Critical Thinking
    • Periodontics


  • Knowledge for Practice
  • Patient Care
  • Professionalism

Professional Interest

  • Communication Skills
  • Evaluation of Clinical Performance
  • Oral Health

Instructional Methods

  • Case-based Instruction/Learning
  • Problem-based Learning (PBL)

Organ Systems

  • Gastrointestinal system

Academic Focus

  • Clinical Sciences
    • Clinical Exam

Intended Audience

  • Professional School
    • Dental Student


  • Multimedia
  • Virtual Patient

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