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A typical hospital environment's bright lights, beeping alarms, and strong disinfectant smells may especially distress a child diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder, or ASD, the fastest growing developmental disability in the nation.
"Such an atmosphere can overload the senses," said Shelly Reyes, a registered nurse in the day surgery unit at Valley Children's Hospital located in Central California. "Even a click of a metal door or a baby's cry can seem magnified to a child with ASD."
Reyes should know. Her 9-year-old son, Jalen, who has ASD is also a Valley Children's patient. When Reyes noticed opportunities to improve the hospital and surgical experience for Jalen and other young patients with the same condition, she decided to do something about it.