TITLE

Supporting Families of Children With Autism Spectrum Disorders: Questions Parents Ask and What Nurses Need to Know

AUTHOR(S)
Elder, Jennifer Harrison; D’Alessandro, Tina
PUB. DATE
July 2009
SOURCE
Pediatric Nursing;Jul/Aug2009, Vol. 35 Issue 4, p240
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
Autism spectrum disorder is a lifelong condition that currently has an unclear etiology and no known cure. Families of children on the autism spectrum typically have many questions and much to learn as they manage the disorder and create meaningful lives for their children and themselves. Helping families understand both features of autism and the diagnostic process is key to supporting family acceptance of the diagnosis. Nurses can also assist families in navigating the common process of grief and adjustment following diagnosis. As the diagnosis becomes real, many questions about medications and other treatments can be addressed by knowledgeable nurses. Additionally, nurses can support families in the critical areas of managing family life, addressing sibling needs, and planning for the future. Parent-to-parent advice from the mother of a child with autism supplements this article.
ACCESSION #
43799631

 

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