Making room for autistic children

Children diagnosed with autism can have a difficult time adjusting to new surroundings, and a trip to the emergency room is no exception. But a new facility aims to make visits to Columbia Memorial Hospital easier for autistic youth.

Hospital staff and executives held a ribbon-cutting to celebrate the opening of the Capital Regionís first autism-friendly pediatric care room located within a hospital emergency department. The facility was funded by $80,000 raised at the Columbia Hospital Foundationís fundraising gala last spring.

The facility includes child-sized beds, gowns, and medical equipment, as well as soothing decor and toys to help autistic children feel more at ease.

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16th December 2014
Daily Mail