Working with children with autism and their families: pediatric hospital social worker perceptions of family needs and the role of social work.

Soc Work Health Care. 2018 Apr 18;:1-19

Authors: Morris R, Muskat B, Greenblatt A

Abstract
Social workers with knowledge of autism can be valuable contributors to client- and family-centered healthcare services. This study utilized a qualitative design to explore pediatric hospital social workers’ experiences and perceptions when working with children and youth with autism and their families. Interviews with 14 social workers in a Canadian urban pediatric hospital highlighted perceptions of the needs of families of children with autism in the hospital and challenges and benefits related to the role of social work with these families. Results suggest that pediatric social workers may benefit from opportunities to develop autism-relevant knowledge and skills.

PMID: 29667506 [PubMed – as supplied by publisher]

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