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Autism-Friendly Emergency Department

Services for Families

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Community Medical Center’s Emergency Department has taken steps to meet the needs of patients with autism and their families through establishing an "Autism Friendly Emergency Department."

Our Emergency Department staff - including providers, nursing and support staff – has been working closely with agencies like Parents of Autistic Children (POAC) and Autism Speaks NJ to learn more about autism and how to best communicate and work with patients with autism. Staff education includes awareness about sensory sensitivity, communication and pain threshold, as well as how to interact with patients.

iPads with special software, sensory items, as well as other items to provide support, comfort and security, including compression vests, blankets and noise reduction ear muffs, are available.

Things to Consider When Bringing Your Child with Special Needs to the Emergency Department

Autism-Friendly Emergency Department Provides Comfort and Familiarity for Individuals With Autism

Related Press Releases:

April, 10, 2015 - Community Medical Center Participates in Autism “Light It Up Blue’ Campaign

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