Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) Resources

The bright lights, beeping alarms and many different people during a hospital visit can be overwhelming for any child, but these can be especially stressful for a child diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder, or ASD, the fastest growing developmental disability in the nation. The only dedicated pediatric healthcare network and hospital between Los Angeles and the Bay Area, Valley Children’s treats more than 300 children with ASD each year. Valley Children’s provides several resources to help individualize care and to improve the hospital experience for children with ASD, including our innovative George’s Pass program and our partnership with Fresno State at the Fresno State Autism Center at our main campus in Madera.   

George’s Pass

The George’s Pass program was developed by a Valley Children’s day surgery nurse and mother of a young son with ASD to improve the surgery experience for children with ASD. The only program of its kind in the region, it addresses these patients’ specialized needs throughout their visit. George’s Pass is poised to expand hospital-wide in fall 2016, making Valley Children’s an autism-friendly hospital. 

Click here to learn more about George’s Pass.

Partnership with Fresno State Helps Improve Quality of Life for Children with Autism

Helping children with autism step into their futures with greater skills and increased quality of life.

This is the mission of the Fresno State Autism Center at Valley Children’s Hospital, a partnership formed between Valley Children’s Healthcare and Fresno State in August 2015. The Autism Center selected Valley Children’s main campus in Madera as its first satellite location away from its headquarters at Fresno State. Children receive therapy at both locations to improve language, learning, motor and social skills. The Madera location cuts down on travel time for families in north Fresno and Madera County, and provides a seamless transition for children receiving other services at the Hospital.

Contact the Fresno State Autism Center
For more information about services provided at the Fresno State Autism Center at Valley Children’s, call (559) 278-6773.