Caring for people with autism spectrum disorder
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Caring for people with autism spectrum disorder

Sarah Louise Burns Clinical nurse, Sheffield Children’s NHS Foundation Trust
Alex McClimens Senior research fellow, Sheffield Hallam University
Grace Parry Consultant, Disability Sheffield

Sarah Louise Burns and colleagues review the terminology associated with Asperger syndrome and autism, and changes in how the conditions are diagnosed

Autism is a relatively new diagnostic category that has prompted debate among people diagnosed with the condition, their families and carers, and those working in academic and clinical specialisms. This is due in part to the distinction between autism and Asperger syndrome, and the overlap between people who are said to be on the autistic spectrum (AS) and those who have learning disabilities. Because of this overlap, learning disability nurses can have an important role in advocating and improving access to care for people on the AS, and in encouraging training in autism for other healthcare practitioners.

Learning Disability Practice. 18, 5, 16-20. doi: 10.7748/ldp.18.5.16.e1635


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This article has been subject to double-blind review and has been checked using antiplagiarism software

Conflict of interest

None declared

Received: 04 February 2015

Accepted: 15 April 2015