For more information on creating a welcoming clinical space for children with developmental and behavioral special health care needs, contact us.

For additional resources on creating a neurodiverse-friendly space, visit the Autism Friendly Initiative.

The American Academy of Pediatrics offers resources and recommendations when providing care for children with an Autism Spectrum Disorder.

*A note about language: Preferences regarding language use vary in the autistic community, and many people on the autism spectrum prefer identify-first language (autistic adult) or “adult on the autism spectrum” rather than person first language (adult with autism). As stated in the AAP Words Matter guidance, “Inclusive, anti-biased language honors the rights of groups and individuals to define their own identities.” Additional information about language use related to autism spectrum disorder can be found here: First Do No Harm: Suggestions Regarding Respectful Autism Language.

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