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AAPD is collaborating with the DALE Foundation, the official affiliate of the Dental Assisting National Board, Inc. (DANB), on a new online continuing education (CE) program for dental assistants: Behavior Management and Guidance for the Pediatric Dental Patient.

Behavior Management and Guidance for the Pediatric Dental Patient was developed by the DALE Foundation in conjunction with four Subject Matter Experts, including three AAPD appointees: Sarat Thikkurissy, D.D.S., M.S., assistant professor, Pediatric Dentistry and Community Health, the Ohio State University; Man Wai Ng, D.D.S., M.P.H., dentist-in-chief, Childrens Hospital, Boston; and Tiffany Benton, CDA, director of clinic operations, the Center for Pediatric Dentistry, Bellevue, Wash. It is an online, interactive certificate program that guides learners through a preassessment of 10 questions, instruction in relevant topics, and a post-course assessment of 50 questions. Participants will earn CE credits upon successful completion of the course.

This interactive online CE course was created in response to a 2011 DANB survey of AAPD members, in which respondents indicated a need for a greater level of dental assistant competency in two primary areas: monitoring sedation in the pediatric dental office and behavior management and guidance of the pediatric patient. (Monitoring sedation will be addressed in a future DALE Foundation course.)

"The purpose of this recent collaboration with AAPD is to develop continuing education for dental assistants who wish to improve their skills in areas of particular importance in a pediatric dental practice," said Cindy Durley, M.Ed., MBA, executive director of DANB and the DALE Foundation.

The DALE Foundations Behavior Management and Guidance for the Pediatric Dental Patient course will be available for purchase by January 2013 at For notification when this and other CE courses and study aids become available, please create an account at