Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Training health care providers on working with children with autistic disorder: A curriculum
by Cervantes, Ana Sofia, M.S.W., California State University, Long Beach, 2011, 157; 1499142
Abstract (Summary)

Children with autism often have additional medical challenges and may need medical services more frequently than the general population. However, there is evidence that health care providers might not always be knowledgeable about autism or know how best to work with children with autism. The purpose of the curriculum was to increase the knowledge, skills, and comfort level of health care providers when working with children with autism. The curriculum was designed as a 7-hour, one day in-service or pre-service training for health care providers including doctors, nurses, medical assistants, and medical social workers working within hospitals, pediatric clinics, and community-based facilities. The curriculum utilizes different teaching methods including interactive lecture, group discussion, simulation and hands-on activities, a panel presentation, and demonstrations. The curriculum provides an overview of Autistic Disorder, and presents a range of tools and strategies that can be used to support children with autism within the medical setting. Lessons learned, implications for social work practice, and recommendations for future curriculum development are discussed.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: O'Donnell, Julie
School: California State University, Long Beach
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 50/01M, Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Social work, Public Health Education, Adult education, Health education
Publication Number: 1499142
ISBN: 9781124850894
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