Changes in Attitudes and Knowledge after Trainings in a Clinical Care Pathway for Autism Spectrum Disorder

Lauren J. Donnelly, Paige E. Cervantes, Fei Guo, Cheryl R. Stein, Eugene Okparaeke, Sarah Kuriakose, Beryl Filton, Jennifer Havens, Sarah M. Horwitz

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Abstract

Caring for individuals with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) can be complicated, especially when challenging behaviors are present. Providers may feel unprepared to work with these individuals because specialized training for medical and social service providers is limited. To increase access to specialized training, we modified an effective half-day ASD-Care Pathway training (Kuriakose et al. 2018) and disseminated it within five different settings. This short, focused training on strategies for preventing and reducing challenging behaviors of patients with ASD resulted in significant improvements in staff perceptions of challenging behaviors, increased comfort in working with the ASD population, and increased staff knowledge for evidence-informed practices. Implications, including the impact of sociodemographic characteristics on pre/post changes, and future directions are discussed.

Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of Autism and Developmental Disorders
DOIs
StateAccepted/In press - 2020
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Autism spectrum disorder
  • Care Pathway
  • Psychiatric
  • Staff training

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