Date of Graduation
Honors Research Project
Bachelor of Science in Nursing
Dr. Christine Heifner Graor
The healthcare setting can be intimidating for any child. For children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), in particular, this setting can cause anxiety and elicit disruptive behavior. The reactions of children with ASD to healthcare settings have not been widely studied. This study explores the lived experience of caregivers of children with ASD related to healthcare providers and environments. A qualitative phenomenological approach and methods guide the study. Purposive sampling was utilized at a resource center to identify and recruit participants fulfilling inclusion criteria. Sample size consisted of four female and two male adults. Semi-structured interviews were performed and voice recorded. The interviews were then analyzed and revealed themes like sensory considerations, acknowledgement that every child is different, caregiver responsibilities, needed preparation and organization, and the need for more compassion, understanding, and knowledge within the healthcare setting. In conclusion, it was found that there is a strong need for more education and compassion in healthcare providers when working with children with ASD.
Klettlinger, Deanna; Wirfel, Lynn; and Bielak, Brittany, "Caregiver Perceptions of Healthcare Providers and Environments Related to Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder" (2015). Honors Research Projects. 97.