Wendy Bellis (United Kingdom)


Dr. Wendy Bellis is a Specialist Paediatric Dentist and Honorary Clinical Senior Teaching Fellow at the Eastman Dental Institute, London.

Qualified BDS (1979 London), MSc. Paediatric Dentistry at the Eastman Dental Institute (1983 London), Fellow of The Higher Education Academy ( 2007).

Her areas of expertise are “Behaviour Management for Children in the Dental Surgery“ and “The Dental Management of the Autistic Child”. Following the completion of her MSc in 1983 in child behaviour, she is responsible for the teaching modules on Behaviour Management at a postgraduate level on the MSc /MClin. Dent/ Doctorate programmes in both Paediatric Dentistry at the Eastman Dental Institute.

She has worked clinically in the Community Dental Service in Camden and Islington in London since 1985 and has gained extensive experience in the management and clinical care of children who have special needs.

For a number of years however, her clinical work has almost exclusively been in the field of autistic spectrum disorder, with autistic children representing 90% of her clinical case load.

Combining her knowledge and extensive experience in autism and child behaviour, she lectures widely and has contributed chapters to current and popular textbooks in general and paediatric dentistry. Wendy is also responsible for the content of the innovative leaflet and questionnaire for parents of autistic children which appear on the website for the British Society of Paediatric Dentistry.

Conventional paediatric behaviour management techniques are often of limited use when managing an autistic child. Dr. Wendy therefore illustrates how different behavioural approaches, such as ABA, can be used to help some autistic children develop the skills to cope and tolerate, not only the prevention in the home, but also with dental care in the surgery.

Utilising her experience and ground breaking work with the staff at The TreeHouse School in North London, Dr. Wendy illustrates how to successfully incorporate elements of Applied Behavioural Analysis into the dental management of autistic children.