Mountainside, NJ:  Children’s Specialized Hospital will host a free workshop titled, “Autism and Safety” on Friday, June 19 at the hospital’s Mountainside location, 150 New Providence Road.  The event will be held in auditorium A, from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m.  A vital part of caring for children with autism is managing accident and risks. Characteristics of autism such as lack of communication, unpredictable and challenging behaviors, and tendency to wander make children on the autism spectrum especially susceptible to accidental injury.

Children’s Specialized Hospital autism educator, Adrienne Robertiello, will lead the session and provide safety education for families and caregivers.  Safety specialist, Joann Roop of SafeKids-Worldwide Union County Coalition, will be on site to answer any questions and provide vital resources. Children’s Specialized Hospital is also providing a Child Passenger Safety Technician (CPST) to provide resources and answer questions about safe transportation of children with ASD.

This workshop is essential for families and caregivers of children with autism. When families have the knowledge, the tools and tactics in place, the home and community become a safer place for everybody.

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“It is important that everyone learn about the safety challenges associated with this disorder,” said Robertiello.  “With the high prevalence of autism in our communities and heightened safety risks, we need to work together to reduce the risks and increase safety.”  

For information about the event, please contact Adrienne Robertiello at or 888-Childrens, ext. 2481.

Children’s Specialized Hospital is the nation’s leading provider of inpatient and outpatient care for children from birth to 21 years of age facing special health challenges — from chronic illnesses and complex physical disabilities like brain and spinal cord injuries, to developmental and behavioral issues like autism and mental health. At thirteen different New Jersey locations, our pediatric specialists partner with families to make our many innovative therapies and medical treatments more personalized and children can achieve more of their goals.  To help, or find more information: call 888-CHILDRENS;; Facebook:; Twitter:;; LinkedIn:'s-specialized-hospital


Children's Specialized has been named the 2012 Hospital of the Year by NJBIZ and ranked in the Top 100 Best Healthcare Employers by Modern Healthcare. We are one of only four children's hospitals in the nation to achieve this recognition.