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Revista Portuguesa de Enfermagem de Saúde Mental

versão impressa ISSN 1647-2160


NOGUEIRA, Maria Assunção Almeida  e  MARTINS DO RIO, Susana Carolina Moreira. A Família com Criança Autista: Apoio de Enfermagem. Revista Portuguesa de Enfermagem de Saúde Mental [online]. 2011, n.5, pp.16-21. ISSN 1647-2160.

Autism is not a disease, for many it is considered a serious mental illness. For medicine remains a troubling enigma affecting, deeply, who suffers from it and those around the family. This mental disorder involves social problems, behaviour and language. An autistic child who requires demanding to whom takes care of them. Parents are exposed to multiple challenges on a daily basis, whether economic, emotional, cultural and others. The support is fundamental to helping families cope with the autistic child. Aware of the limited information about this disorder that tends to be more frequent, it’s felt the need to conduct a study on this subject in order to contribute to greater awareness among health professionals, particularly nurses. We believe that reflection and understanding of the implications that autism brings to their families, involving the care of the autistic child, by the main caregiver, can contribute to work in practice, so as to mitigate those implications and suffering. It is essential to have abilities to assess these families so that the intervention goes in order to support the family / caregiver, as well as to point strategies to minimize the impact of autistic disorder in family life. Nursing has a key role in these interventions.

Palavras-chave : Autism; family; experiences; care and nursing.

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