Autism Ontario is a charitable organization with a 46-year history of representing the thousands of people on the autism spectrum and their families across Ontario. Made up of knowledgeable parents, professionals, and autistic self-advocates, Autism Ontario is the province’s leading source of information and referral on autism and one of the largest collective voices representing the autism community.
The Autism Ontario website contains a vast collection of autism-related resources, including basic information, advocacy tool-kits, deep dives into specific topics, expert-led webinars, and access to autism professionals across Ontario.
Pediatric Dentistry at Holland Bloorview
Pediatric dentistry at Holland Bloorview provides general dental services, including cleanings and fillings, to children and young adults (ages birth to 22 years) with disabilities and/or complex medical needs, including autism spectrum disorder and anxiety.
In some cases, clients may be eligible for treatment under general anesthesia.
Their services are also offered to siblings of clients.
For more information about Holland Bloorview’s dental services, including their Cleft Lip and Palate/ Craniofacial Dental Program, visit www.hollandbloorview.ca/dentalservices.
What Is a Birth Injury?
A birth injury describes any type of injury that a baby suffers before, during, or directly after childbirth.
Many babies suffer from minor injuries during delivery that do not need to be treated and often heal on their own in days or weeks. Some birth injuries can lead to more severe complications, resulting in your child having a disability for the rest of their life.
Birth Defects vs Birth Injuries
There is a significant difference between birth defects and birth injuries. The main differentiator between a birth defect and a birth injury is how they develop.
Abnormalities that typically form while a child is still in the womb. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), birth defects typically develop within the first three months of pregnancy. Factors such as drug use, family medical history, and untreated infections may increase the risk of birth defects.
Generally happen when the child is being born. Common injuries that occur during childbirth include physical head trauma and brain bleeds.
Birth Injury Causes
Birth injuries can be a result of brain damage caused by several risk factors and conditions during childbirth. Each cause is distinct and can lead to different types of birth injuries.