Challenges in treating children with autism spectrum disorder implications for psychiatric–mental health nurse practitioners

Lisa Beauvois, Karan Kverno

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Abstract

Children who present to behavioral health care with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) often have overlapping symptoms and co-occurring disorders, such as attention-deficit/ hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), anxiety disorders, sleep-wake disorders, and/or emotional/behavioral dysregulation. The challenge for psychiatric–mental health nurse practitioners is to identify the modifiable symptoms and diagnosable disorders and develop a comprehensive treatment plan that reduces risk factors and promotes improved functioning. The current article presents an overview of evidence-based treatment strategies for co-occurring conditions. A child-and family-based collaborative approach with clear treatment goals in the context of an interprofessional care team, which includes the primary care provider, therapists, other relevant specialists, and teachers, has been shown to support children with ASD in becoming more successful in managing everyday stressors and regulating emotions and behaviors. Evidence-based assessment, monitoring, and educational resources for clinicians and parents are provided. [Journal of Psychosocial Nursing and Mental Health Services, 58(12), 7-12.].

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)7-12
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of psychosocial nursing and mental health services
Volume58
Issue number12
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 2020

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nursing(all)
  • Phychiatric Mental Health

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