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.
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.