Monday, October 20, 2014

An Autism-Friendly Pediatric ER

HOPEWELL TOWNSHIP, N.J. — A trip to the emergency room can be unpleasant for anyone in pain or discomfort. But for children and adolescents with autism, the fast-paced environment and bright lighting only adds to the trauma.

“For patients with autism and for their families or caregivers, this can be a nightmare experience,” said Dr. Olga Goldfarb, director of the Autism Program at Capital Health’s Institute for Neurosciences. “They have problems interacting and approaching other people. It can be very scary for those with autism."

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