Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Autism spectrum disorders: Empowering caregivers through awareness
by Buluran, Leslee, M.S.W., California State University, Long Beach, 2013, 122; 1523325
Abstract (Summary)

The purpose of this curriculum project was to increase awareness and to educate caregivers about autism spectrum disorders (ASDs). This curriculum should provide caregivers with the knowledge and tools to be able to better understand ASDs and make them cognizant of how professionals assess for autism. To accomplish this goal, training modules addressed the following topics: background information on autism, symptoms, and early warning signs. Effective coping strategies for caregivers along with the importance of self-care were explored. An overview of applied behavior analysis as well as the four functions of behavior and appropriate strategies regarding behaviors were discussed. Caregivers who complete this curriculum should come away with information that will help them to be advocates and access resources such as early intervention programs that are available for their child.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Tan, Philip
Commitee: Lam, Brian T., Santhiveeran, Janaki
School: California State University, Long Beach
Department: Social Work
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 52/01M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Mental health, Social work, Special education
Keywords: Autism, Awareness, Caregiver, Curriculum, Parents
Publication Number: 1523325
ISBN: 978-1-303-20893-5
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