FACTS: Autism prevalence is now one in every 59 children in America.
Do you know, love, or teach someone on the autism spectrum?
Well, we believe that when you teach a child on the spectrum, they are really teaching you!
On April 2nd, 2019, our KidZdent Family, along with countless other participants, joined the global effort to wear BLUE in honor of World Autism Awareness Day. World Autism Awareness Day is an internationally recognized initiative kicking-off Autism Awareness month throughout April.
More and more children are diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) each year and we strive to be the dental home that provides exceptional care and guidance for these children and their families. Finding a dentist that can meet the needs of children with autism can be a challenge and it is our goal to be that beacon of hope- a light at the end of the tunnel (#LIGHTITUPBLUE) in our dental office, and in the community. Although an autism diagnosis can be life-changing, it does not have to be life defining. Together, KidZdent embraces new techniques to accommodate the changing needs for these special patients.
Recognizing that autism is not a disability, but simply, a different ability, the dental professionals at Kidzdent work hard every day to provide a dental experience that is life changing and tailored to each child’s ability. Even though KidZdent is a pediatric and special needs dental and orthodontic family practice, we extend ourselves beyond dental care to education in the community. We offer our support to the parents of all special needs patients through the creation of various campaigns to not just encourage awareness, but more importantly, acceptance. KidZdent strives to go beyond just the promotion of autism awareness, but we enlist friends and patients to become partners with us in a movement towards this type of social acceptance and understanding.
Our team tries to focus on inclusion for all as a way to assure that each person with ASD is provided the opportunity to achieve the highest possible quality of life, and of course, the very best in dental care and effective treatment.
KidZdent is credited as a special needs resource, involved in programs through Autism Speaks, POAC Autism Services, and a multitude of collaborators in New Jersey. It is important to us that we are able to reach and meet the needs of this community in very real ways. By highlighting recreational events for the entire family, where children and adults can be themselves in a non-judgmental setting, and designing a safe, sensory-friendly in-office environment, KidZdent fosters the conditions and understanding allowing children to maximize their fullest potential in the community of Old Bridge and in Monmouth/Middlesex counties.
This year for Bubbles for Autism, our patients were welcomed into a swarm of colorful balloons, playful stickers, give-a-ways, and informational materials to be shared with their beloved and extended circles.
As we all waved our vibrant and distinct puzzle pieces, KidZdent honored the diversity within the Autism Spectrum and blew bubbles to spread kindness and love.
Why puzzle pieces, you ask?
The Autism Awareness Puzzle Ribbon is the most recognized symbol of the autism community in the world. The puzzle pattern reflects the complexity of the autism spectrum. The different colors and shapes represent uniqueness in all.
So although autism can often be defined by society as a lifelong developmental issue that affects how a person communicates with, and relates to other people, it presents very exclusive and personalized challenges for how they make sense of the world around them. It’s our job to offer a chance for them to show us a different vision of the world that would otherwise pass us by.
So on this day, and every day, KidZdent stands to support and strengthen our commitment to this community and their families!
For more information on Special Needs Dentistry, please call us at 732-679-2323.