Although April has traditionally been Autism Awareness Month, the U.S. Senate adopted a resolution on Feb.13 designating April 2007 as “National Autism Awareness Month.” The resolution reflects the Senate’s recognition of the autism epidemic, noting the CDC’s new prevalence statistic of 1 in 150, and a commitment to raising awareness within the general public. We here at Dr. Stella’s Funtastic Dental & Orthodontics take pride in caring for children with many types of disabilities and/or impairments, such as Autism. We do all we can to accommodate their needs and assist the families in caring for their children’s teeth.
So, please if you have any friends or relatives with an autistic child, refer them to our office for their child’s dental care. Autism is a complex neurobiological disorder that typically lasts throughout a person’s lifetime. It is part of a group of disorders known as Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD). Today, 1 in 150 individuals is diagnosed with autism, making it more common than pediatric cancer, diabetes, and AIDS combined. It occurs in all racial, ethnic, and social groups and is four times more likely to strike boys than girls. Autism impairs a person’s ability to communicate and relate to others.
It is also associated with rigid routines and repetitive behaviors, such as obsessively arranging objects or following very specific routines. Symptoms can range from very mild to quite severe.
To learn more about Autism and/or find out how you can help log on to AutismSpeaks.org