Digital tools to help kids with autism know what to expect at doctor visits

A trip to the doctor can be a scary thing for anyone, but for children with autism it can be a terrifying experience. PAL, a non-profit, creates digital tool kits to help families with children who have autism know and understand what to expect when visiting doctors’ offices, museums, sports venues, and other public areas. They recently teamed up with Banner Children’s Urgent Care Center to make trips to the doctor more comfortable and accessible. We talk with Melissa Isaacs, the founder of PAL, Erica Smith, who’s son has autism and Dr. Chinwe Egbo a pediatrician at Banner Children’s Hospital to learn more about this life-changing program.

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