Educating the Emergency Department
Advocating for Yourself or Your Family Member with Autism
- If possible, provide your local hospital with information about your autism before an emergency arises.
- Provide information on:
- The best way to communicate,
- Sensory issues,
- How well you tolerate long waits,
- If you need a quiet environment,
- Ways to help you remain calm,
- Any fears or anxieties, and
- If you want someone (a family member or caregiver) to remain with you.
Share Information in Advance of Going to the Emergency Department
- Ask your primary care or specialist doctors to share your electronic records.
- Complete the questionnaire (provided below) and give it to the hospital in advance of a potential visit to the emergency department.
- These ways present opportunities to empower individuals with autism, their loved ones, and/or caregivers to:
- Optimize care in the emergency department.
- Educate health care providers on the nuances of their condition.
- Set expectations for the type of treatment to be provided.
This information was developed by the Autism Services, Education, Resources, and Training Collaborative (ASERT). For more information, please contact ASERT at 877-231-4244 or info@PAautism.org. ASERT is funded by the Bureau of Supports for Autism and Special Populations, PA Department of Human Services.