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Pediatr Ann. 2019 Aug 1;48(8):e333-e336. doi: 10.3928/19382359-20190725-01.

Caring for Children with Autism in the Emergency Department.

Abstract

Children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and similar conditions experience and cope with their surroundings in a unique way. Although a visit to the emergency department (ED) is stressful for any child, the stress for those with ASD and similar conditions can overwhelm their ability to cope. Many elements of visiting the ED contribute to the stress children with ASD experience; they are not feeling well or have an injury, the environment is foreign and filled with harsh stimuli, and the medical professionals they encounter may not understand their unique needs. Fortunately, through staff education, modifications to the environment, and individualizing care plans, a visit to the ED can be a more positive experience for children with ASD. [Pediatr Ann. 2019;48(8):e333-e336.].

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