Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Autism Demands Attention in the Emergency Dept.

Add caption

When a child with autism arrives at the emergency department, the approach to care should be as individualized as the treatment itself.
The ED itself is almost a caricature of everything that can tip the delicate behavioral balance for children on the autism spectrum: bright lights, loud noises, and scurrying strangers who want to get close with dangerous-looking implements. Combine that sensory onslaught with the pain of an injury or illness, and the result can be a bomb that threatens the child’s optimal care at least, and the safety of staff at worst.

No comments:

Post a Comment