Date of Award

6-2017

Culminating Project Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Early Childhood Special Education Studies: M.S.

Department

Child and Family Studies

College

School of Education

First Advisor

JoAnn Johnson

Second Advisor

Ming Chi Own

Third Advisor

Peggy Fossen

Creative Commons License

Creative Commons License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 4.0 License.

Keywords and Subject Headings

Autism Spectrum Disorder, Health Care, Nursing, Pediatrics, Challenging Behaviors

Abstract

The purpose of this research was to examine the use of a training program, designed for this study, to educate nursing students in addressing challenging behaviors in children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) in health care settings. The training program designed for this study included lecture, role-play, and debriefing components. Two main components were evaluated in this research study: the nursing students’ knowledge and understanding of ASD, and the students’ self-perceived competency in addressing challenging behaviors of children with ASD in a health care setting. The researcher used a combination of quantitative and qualitative measures, through pre-training and post-training assessments, to evaluate the effectiveness of this training program. The results of this study show that the training program used was effective for both improving the nursing students’ understanding and knowledge of Autism Spectrum Disorder as well as improving their self-perceived competency in addressing challenging behaviors in children with ASD in a health care setting. Extending this research to a larger sample size, multiple nursing programs, and related health care fields is needed to further study the effectiveness of this training program.

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