Visiting a hospital is a daunting experience for most children and may especially difficult for children with autism. Not only are they faced with unfamiliar sights and smells, but they also interact with a host of unknown people, many of whom speak to or touch your child to perform required procedures. Hospital stays are also uncomfortable, with a child having to adjust to a new environment and bed. For children with autism, sensory processing challenges, social and language deficits and the inability to communicate how they are feeling can exacerbate the entire experience. This module contains a review of some tips on how you can prepare for a hospital stay in advance and what you can do during your visit to make this experience easier for your child with autism or special needs. Click on the graphic on the left to view the module.

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