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Personalizing Health Care for Kids with ASD in Hospital Settings

Presenters: Michelle A. Peralta, RN MN BScN BHSc Hon, Arlette Lefebvre MD, FRCP(c). Dip Child Psych, Barbara Muskat PhD, RSW

Date/Time: Thursday, December 1 2016 1:30pm - 3:00pm

Room: 104AB


When children/youth with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), developmental delay or with mental illness such as an anxiety disorder (i.e. OCD) come to the hospital, they face a number of challenges including communication, sensory processing, challenges working with health care teams, waiting/transitioning and inflexibility. Often their reactions to hospital visits and interventions can manifest itself through challenging behaviours and treatment refusal which increase the likelihood of the child experiencing psychological trauma/traumatic stress from medical procedures and negatively impact staff's ability to safely deliver health care. Early identification of a patient’s emotional, developmental or behavioural needs and preplanning to customize care does positively affect how health care providers can provide care to the patient and the family as they move through the hospital system.  Because we provide clinicians the tools they need to care for children with ASD, the child and family end up with a more positive experience of the hospital stay.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Enhance knowledge about the developmental, behavioural & sensory needs of pediatric patients with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) that may arise in health care encounters
  2. Gain knowledge of practice and process changes that have been developed to enhance patients' with ASD and their family’s experiences
  3. Learn about innovative approaches to deliver personalized health care to these children

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