Working with Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder in a Medical Setting: Insights from Certified Child Life Specialists

Emily J. Jensen, Cheryl Geisthardt, Pamela A. Sarigiani

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Abstract

This study aimed to gain an understanding of Certified Child Life Specialists’ (CCLS) experiences with and suggestions for working with children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) in a medical setting. Using a mixed-method design, 118 CCLS completed an online survey and 16 participated in follow-up interviews. Participants believed many medical professionals, including CCLS, are not adequately prepared to work with children with ASD, negatively impacting quality of care. Participants emphasized that outcomes are best for children with ASD when parents and medical staff collaborate to meet the unique needs of each child. CCLS reported working with children with ASD can provide insights for enhancing the quality of care for all children. Participants’ suggestions for training and resource development are discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)189-198
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Autism and Developmental Disorders
Volume50
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2020

Keywords

  • Autism spectrum disorder
  • Child life specialists
  • Mixed-methods
  • Pediatric medical care

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