[Fcs-grad] Lauren Lasrich Thesis Proposal 2PM 8/30/17

Marissa Lynn Diener Marissa.Diener at fcs.utah.edu
Thu Aug 17 09:44:42 MDT 2017

FCS Faculty and Graduate Students– I will send a calendar invite next, but in the meantime, here is the information for our first thesis proposal of the year, by our 2nd year student Lauren Lasrich.

Perceptions of Autism Spectrum Disorder: Youth’s Needs and Challenges in Healthcare Settings
Lauren Lasrich
Wednesday, August 30th 2PM 228 AEB
As the prevalence of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) continues to increase, the potential for interaction in the medical environment is inevitable. The awareness of ASD among health care professionals, including child life specialists, is essential for the successful experience and accessibility to health care for children with ASD. Children with autism are at an increased risk of experiencing challenges in the healthcare environments and need support from a child life specialist. Thus, understanding the needs and challenges individuals with ASD face in health care is crucial. The proposed study involves surveys of parents of children with autism spectrum disorder 3-17 years old, child life specialists, and health care professionals about their experiences with children with autism in healthcare settings.  The surveys will consist of both open-ended and closed-response questions with specific questions in regards to demographics, common challenges children with ASD face in medical environments, and specific techniques and accommodations medical professionals might provide. Analyses will include descriptive statistics, as well as differences in perceptions of parents, child life specialists, and other health care professionals.  Results may inform education efforts, support, and policy.

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