Designed as a textbook and reference for nurses and nursing students, this unique volume provides a wealth of evidence-based information about the special treatment needs of individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). The book considers ASD patients across the lifespan and in multiple practice settings. Case studies illustrate scenarios with ASD patients from early childhood through end-of-life. The book highlights the significant role played by nurses in the care of ASD patients and will help nurses integrate the specialized information about ASD into their clinical practice. Each section of the book reflects a different life stage and is organized to include learning objectives and developmental needs at the beginning of a section, with key points, a guide to clinical problem solving, and thought-provoking review questions at the end. Chapters are introduced by a case study followed by consistently formatted information about key clinical issues, clinical assessment, and a best-practice nursing plan of care. Key Features: Provides evidence-based information for nurses about the special treatment needs of individuals with ASD Explains how functional deficits of people with ASD complicate health care delivery and how nurses can use this knowledge to provide quality care Addresses clinical issues across the lifespan and in multiple settings through case studies Clearly and consistently organized for ease of use Serves as a required text for continuing education programs, post-masters certificate programs, and school nurse certification programs Serves as a major reference for advanced practice programs that prepare pediatric and mental health nurse practitioners or clinical nurse specialists Serves as a reference text for hospital and clinic libraries.
Ellen Giarelli, EdD, RN, CRNP, is Director, Penn Autism & Developmental Disabilities Surveillance Program and Research Associate Professor at the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing. Dr. Giarelli is Director of Developmental Disabilities Research and Epidemiology (CADDRE) and the Director of the Pennsylvania Autism and Developmental Disabilities Surveillance Program (PADDSP). She is a Certified Registered Nurse Practitioner in Pennsylvania and Principal Investigator for several externally funded studies of autism spectrum disorders.||Marcia Gardner, PhD, RN, CRNP, CPN, is Clinical Associate Professor and Assistant Dean for MSN and Online Nursing Programs at Drexel Univiversity School of Nursing. She was a clinical fellow in the Leadership in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities program at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia and a fellow in the AACN Academic Leadership Program. With an extensive background in high-risk neonatal care as well as in general pediatrics, she has taught pediatric nursing at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. She is certified in pediatric nursing and as a pediatric nurse practitioner by the National Certification Board of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners and Nurses.