Designing emergency departments to support autistic children
Autistic children may process information taken in through the senses differently. This can make visiting an emergency department overwhelming.
Children on the autism spectrum can have strong reactions to what they see, hear, smell, touch or taste. They may have challenges interacting with others, and a preference for known routines.
Emergency departments can be overwhelming, often busy and conveying a sense of urgency that can be unsettling for anyone, but more so autistic children. With good design, we can minimise potential uncertainty, stress and anxiety.