Dental groups, hospitals offering ‘Special Care’ for children with autism

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NEW BRITAIN - When Jackson Faraci was young, he struggled during visits to the dentist.

Fear and discomfort overwhelmed the South Windsor boy who has autism.

Now 14, Jackson has made great strides since he began visiting Special Care Dental Services, which opened in 1997 in New Britain to assist underserved children in the community.

Hygienists and doctors associated with Hospital for Special Care were trained about two years ago to work with kids who have autism. The clinic is an example of how the medical and dental communities have responded to a growing awareness of the developmental disorder — making small changes that mean a huge difference for families affected by autism.

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