April is National Autism Awareness Month. Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is a developmental disability that causes a variety of social, behavioral and communication challenges. According to the CDC, approximately one in 68 children born in the U.S. has ASD.
We strive to help people with ASD to feel relaxed and comfortable when they visit the Emergency Department at HealthAlliance Hospital: Broadway Campus, a member of the Westchester Medical Center Health Network (WMCHealth). Our “autism-friendly” program includes specialty training for key hospital personnel and medical providers, two iPads to aid with communication, as well as a sensory box which includes squeeze balls, fuzzy objects and more to help keep patients calm.
For more details about the “autism-friendly” program, visit hahv.org or call 845-331-3131.