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  1. Quiban, Carlota PhD, RN


Evidence suggests that improved health outcomes and reducing the hospital length of stay of individuals with autism require working in partnership between parents and health care professionals. Parents' ability to cope in their daily caregiving responsibilities to their child with autism and assessment of their hospital experience can have an impact on their participation with the care team. Nurses working in the inpatient setting can provide support to parents during their encounter with them. This article presented some of the helpful approaches that can help in building positive relationships with parents that may help facilitate addressing the needs of their child with autism. Suggestions that nurses can implement to support the parents cope with their daily challenges are presented. The approaches were discussed in relation to literature and suggestions from parents of individuals with autism spectrum disorder.