Correlation Between Stress in Parents With Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) And Respite Care

Zackey, Hawa
Johnson, Wendi
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There have been research completed on autism and parental stress, however not enough studies have been done on the importance of respite care for parents with kids diagnosed with autism. Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is a neurological disorder described by the DSM-5 as characterized with sensory impact, developmental delays, as well as communication and social deficits. Respite care can help support parents and families in navigating these challenges. Specifically, this review hopes to draw a negative correlation between the stress levels of parents raising individuals with autism, and the respite care received. While many parents will tell you they need sleep, many still forget the importance of having rest in the form of a paid caregiver. This review explores how important respite care is, and how access may be possible in the future. (Faculty Sponsor: Dr. Wendi Johnson)