This April, we are bringing awareness to one of the most prevalent disorders in our society for Autism Awareness Month. Autism spectrum disorders are an umbrella of disorders ranging from mild to severe that affect neurological development and can impact communication skills, cognitive function, and social interaction. It is estimated by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) that 1 in 68 children are diagnosed with autism in the United States. It is the fastest-growing developmental disorder, according to the National Autism Association. Although each is unique in their symptoms, some everyday activities can cause stress and anxiety for a person with autism and their families. Novel situations and changes in routine may provoke over stimulation or cause an individual to become upset. Westerville Pediatric Dental understand that going to the dentist can be a stressful experience for any child, especially children with special needs. That is why we provide services to accommodate you and your child’s needs to make their visit to the dentist comfortable and as stress-free as possible. To prepare your child with autism for their appointment, we provide an online tour of the office and offer an in-person visit to become familiarized with the office. We also can play a preferred movie or show to make the visit more fun. Or if your child would like the bring a device of their own to keep them comfortable, we welcome them to hold it in the chair during their appointment! To view a list of the services we provide for children with special needs, visit our website: www.dublinkidsdds.com.