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Understanding Different Aspects of Caregiving for Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASDs) a Narrative Review of the Literature

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Department of Philosophy, Faculty of Law, Theology and Political Science, Science and Research Branch, Islamic Azad University, Tehran 1477893855, Iran
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Institute of Nursing Research, University of Ulster, Newtownabbey BT37 0QB, Northern Ireland, UK
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Brain Sci. 2020, 10(8), 557; https://doi.org/10.3390/brainsci10080557
Received: 24 June 2020 / Revised: 8 August 2020 / Accepted: 11 August 2020 / Published: 14 August 2020
Background: There has been a considerable endeavor to understand associated challenges of caregiving for a child with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASDs) and to develop the necessary skills and approaches to assist parents of children with ASD. Different studies have been stressed the importance and need for parental involvement in the intervention process to increase positive impacts. Methods: The process of caregiving and the associated challenges should be understood from different aspects to be able to facilitate parent involvement in intervention implementation. In a narrative literature review, ten selected reviews were considered and each review considered a special aspect of caregiving for an individual with ASD. Results: Five main different factors in the available literature and reviews were considered as different themes that needed to be reconsidered in the studies on the impacts of caregiving for an individual with ASD. Conclusions: It is concluded that to facilitate parental involvement in the intervention process, and to support caregivers of this group of individuals this review highlights the need for improved research in some proposed areas in this field and to bridge the gap between research and practice in this field. View Full-Text
Keywords: parental impact; caregiving; families living with ASD; autism spectrum disorders; parental engagement; narrative review; review of reviews parental impact; caregiving; families living with ASD; autism spectrum disorders; parental engagement; narrative review; review of reviews
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Samadi, H.; Samadi, S.A. Understanding Different Aspects of Caregiving for Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASDs) a Narrative Review of the Literature. Brain Sci. 2020, 10, 557.

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