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Beit Issie Shapiro is collaborating in a pilot study with the University of Southern California (USC) and the Children’s Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA) to measure the impact of Multi-Sensory Therapy in reducing the stress levels of autistic during dental cleanings.

Dr. Michele Shapiro, PhD researched the application of a sensory adapted environment and dental care at Beit Issie Shapiro several years ago and this method is used in our dental clinic. Dr. Shapiro’s research did not include children with autism, which is the focus of the current study led by Prof. Sharon Cermak from USC.

The study, funded by a grant from the National Institutes of Health, involves 40 children having their teeth cleaned in a sensory adapted environment. The team working on the study is expecting to finish the cleanings and gathering the data in June this year.

Speaking on the study Prof. Sharon Cermak mentioned the possibilities for improvement in the quality of life of autistic children and the field of dental care for children

Our hope is that the sensory-adapted environment will make it easier for children with autism to get their teeth cleaned. Our larger hope is that we will then be able to involve more dental clinics and use this as a model to revolutionize pediatric dentistry”.

This study is one of three other professional collaborations between Beit Issie Shapiro and other Southern California Institutions. Read more about these collaborations at