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

Format Publication ID Version Published
Case, Multimedia 9283 1 December 4, 2012
University of Alabama - Birmingham School of Dentistry


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; 2012. Available from: www.mededportal.org/publication/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 (MeSH), Periodontal Diseases (MeSH), Treatment Plan, PBL


  • Dental
    • Assessment, Diagnosis & Treatment
    • Clinical Exam
    • Critical Thinking
    • Patient Care
    • Periodontics

Competencies Addressed

  • Medical
    • Medical Knowledge
    • Professionalism
  • Dental
    • Patient Care

Academic Focus

  • Clinical Sciences
    • Clinical Exam

Professional Interest

  • Communication Skills
  • Evaluation of Clinical Performance
  • Oral Health

Organ Systems

  • Gastrointestinal system

Intended Audience

  • Professional School
    • Dental Student

Instructional Methods

  • Problem-based Learning
  • Virtual Patient

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