Learning Objective 1: identify the global impact of challenging behaviors of children with Autism Spectrum Disorder in the hospital setting.
Learning Objective 2: understand the parent and health care provider perspectives of challenging behaviors of autistic children in the hospital setting.
Methods: Semi-structured group interviews with 2 informant groups (5 to 8 health care providers and 5-8 parents of children with ASD) will be audio-taped and transcribed. Themes will be identified through narrative analysis.
Results: The results, available in June 2011, will include behavior clusters and trigger events for ASD children within the context of acute health care settings as described by parents and providers.
Conclusion: In order to test an intervention to reduce challenging behaviors, a better understanding of the behaviors of children when hospitalized, from both the parent and health care provider perspective is necessary. Results of this study will be used to create an observational assessment tool to measure specific behaviors of children with ASD in the health care setting.
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