HealthAlliance News

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 in the U.S has ASD.

Some signs that may indicate ASD include:

  • Lack of or delay in spoken language
  • Repetitive use of language and/or motor mannerisms (hand-flapping, twirling objects, etc.)
  • Little or no eye contact
  • Lack of interest in peer relationships
  • Lack of spontaneous or make-believe play
  • Persistent fixation on parts of objects

At the HealthAlliance Hospital: Broadway Campus Emergency Department, a member of the Westchester Medical Center Health Network, we strive to help all people, including those with ASD, to feel relaxed and comfortable. Our medical providers and key hospital personnel are specially trained and welcoming to all patients of all backgrounds and special needs coming to our hospital for care. The emergency department also has access to two iPads to aid with communication through visual and auditory icons, as well as a sensory box which includes a variety of squeeze balls, fuzzy objects and pinwheels to help keep patients calm and comfortable.

For more information about the HealthAlliance Hospital: Broadway Campus Emergency Department, visit hahv.org or call 845-331-3131.