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Running head: Autism Spectrum Disorder 1 Autism Spectrum Disorder Ashley Heck North Hennepin Community College
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Running head: Autism Spectrum Disorder 2 Autism Spectrum Disorder According to Giddens, “Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) refers to a broad category of conditions with a wide range of impairments and disabilities affecting children in early childhood that lasts throughout life. Two general areas of dysfunction are social impairment and repetitive behaviors.” Due to these impairments it can be difficult to communicate, understand, and interact with someone who has ASD. People with ASD, of any age, should be approached with care especially if the severity of the disorder is unknown. Treating children with ASD can be challenging and some tips to do so will be discussed in this paper. For this paper I chose to compare and contrast a peer-reviewed journal article and a popular media article from redbookmag.com. The journal article I chose is “Handle with Care: Top Ten Tips a Nurse Should Know Before Caring For a Hospitalized Child with Autism Spectrum Disorder” from Pediatric Nursing Journal, and the popular media article I chose “Not Even Being a Child Psychologist Prepared Me for a Child With Autism” by Lynn Adams.Topic for Health PromotionHealthcare promotion is a very important part of life. From taking care of yourself on a daily basis to being taken care of if you are ill, whether it be in the hospital by medical professionals or at home by family members. Due to people with ASD not having social skills that non-ASD people have, it can be harder to communicate, therefore harder to treat them. The first tip from the Pediatric Nursing article is to understand ASD. Understanding ASD can help you communicate better knowing that you need to be patient and proceed at the pace of the child. As Adams describes her story she explains that she can have the same discussion with her autistic son several times
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