Title

The primary care givers of autistic children : a close look

Date of Completion

2003

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Keywords

Caregivers, Autistic Disorder

Abstract

Qualitative research design was used in the study. Data was obtained through a recorded interview with the informants and observation on how they behaved during the interview proper and how they interacted with autistic children. Data was analyzed using Colaizzi’s method. The respondents were three (3) primary care givers of autistic children working in DLSUMC who have at least two (2) years of experience of taking care of autistic children, and willing and able to relate their experiences. Purposive sampling was used to select the participants. The study concluded that, the informants expressed their different experiences in taking care of autistic children. Their eagerness to take care of such children helped them perform their tasks as their primary caregivers. Learning to love the children in the institution served as means for them to also love their work. The primary caregivers considered the autistic children as "special" because they have a world of their own and they believed that such children needed utmost help. For them, in caring for autistic children, patience, and sacrifice are important. Like them, if people will just try to consider the fact that children with autism are really "special" and that they are also human beings who have individual skills, necessities and demands, people would understand that such children deserve proper treatment just like anyone else.

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