The challenges of caring for an exceptional child
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The challenges of caring for an exceptional child

Jodie Kenny Nursing student (child branch), Queen’s University Belfast
Doris Corkin Teaching fellow, School of Nursing and Midwifery, Queen’s University Belfast

The qualities and support parents need to maintain family bonds while bringing up a child diagnosed with an autism spectrum condition are discussed by Jodie Kenny and Doris Corkin

The authors review the literature on the impact of autism in a child on parents, families and carers, and the stresses they face. Families who are resilient focus positively on autism as a new way of thinking and behaving that is not stigmatised as a destructive disorder. Children affected by it can sometimes be brilliant but difficult to cope with, and caring for them can bring about personal growth, strength and fulfilment in all concerned. On diagnosis, the children’s nurse’s role is crucial in providing caregivers with information about the autism, indicating coping strategies, sourcing numerous services and promoting acceptance of the condition.

Learning Disability Practice. 14, 9,14-18. doi: 10.7748/ldp2011.11.14.9.14.c8805

Correspondence

d.corkin@qub.ac.uk

Peer review

This article has been subject to double blind peer review

Conflict of interest

None declared

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