Focus on Children and Adolescents with
Special Health Care Needs
This collection of selected resources offers high-quality information about children and adolescents with special health care needs. Use the tools below for further searching, or contact us for personalized assistance.
For a comprehensive list of materials and websites, review Oral Health Services for Children and Adolescents with Special Health Care Needs: A Resource Guide.
Selected Materials in the OHRC Library
Agoratus L. 2014. Affordable Care Act (ACA): Why Oral Health Is Important for Children with Special Health Care Needs and How to Access It. Albuquerque, NM: Family Voices. 2 pp.
This tip sheet for parents provides information about the importance of good oral health care for children with special health care needs. Topics include finding dental coverage, finding oral health care for children without insurance, and partnering with oral health professionals.
Holt K, Barzel R, Bertness J. 2014. Oral Health for Children and Adolescents with Special Health Care Needs: Challenges and Opportunities. Washington, DC: National Maternal and Child Oral Health Resource Center. 6 pp.
This fact sheet focuses on the challenges and opportunities of providing oral health care services to children with special health care needs. Topics include factors that contribute to oral health problems, unmet care needs, barriers to care, care coordination, work force development, and federal and national programs. [Funded by the Maternal and Child Health Bureau]
National Center on Health. 2013. Brush Up on Oral Health. Elk Grove Village, IL: National Center on Health. 3 pp.
The July 2013 issue of Brush Up on Oral Health provides information on the challenges that some children with disabilities face and what Head Start staff, parents, and others can do to address these challenges. Topics include information on current practice, practical tips for promoting oral health, and a recipe for a healthy snack.
Odeh M. 2014. Ensuring Adequate Marketplace Provider Networks: What's Needed for Children. Washington, DC: First Focus. 4 pp.
This document features pediatric-specific network adequacy standards for health services for children, including children with special health care needs. It discusses access to timely services, access to care for children with special health care needs or limited English proficiency, access to out-of-network providers, continuity of care, and the need for transparency in care.
Plaza EA. 2013. Oral Health Care for Children with Special Health Care Needs: A Guide for Family Members/Caregivers and Dental Providers. Oklahoma City, OK: Oklahoma Association of Community Action Agencies. 22 pp.
This document provides information and resources on oral health for children with special health care needs. Topics include planning for the first dental visit and strategies for daily oral health care. Information on oral health and autism, cerebral palsy, Down syndrome, and other conditions is included. The guide also provides a checklist for going to the dentist as well as national and state-specific resources.
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Suggest materials to OHRC for the library.
American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry
Family Voices, IMPACT
- IMPACT on Health & Wellness for Families (newsletters)
National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research
National Maternal and Child Oral Health Resource Center
University of Washington School of Dentistry, Department of Oral Medicine
Find more organizations in OHRC's Organizations Database.
Resource Highlights: Focus on Children and Adolescents with Special Health Care Needs. August 2014.