RN Jobs working with children who have ASD - page 2

Hello All! I'm a RN and currently work as a substitute school nurse / Behavioral Support Staff (BSS) at a private school for kids who have behavioral or medical needs. Most of the kiddos there have... Read More

  1. by   royhanosn
    I am glad you took offence to animal comment. Kids are brilliant and just because you are upset at the way things are written. Autistic do good job, and live socalled normal people, they get upset if things dont go their planned way. 118 is good. He will continue to do well, give him a chance. Dont take things serious.
  2. by   jazzieO93
    How about you not be so offensive. Im pretty sure if you had a child who was on the spectrum you wouldn't take so kindly to ignorant comments such as your own. Sometimes I question the types of people who become these nurses these days
  3. by   Adele_Michal7
    I think I know what you were driving at with the animal comment but it could have been phrased (much) better.
  4. by   Nurseworks
    Quote from ccweisbard
    Just want to say that I have an autistic child as well and great offense to the animal comment. My child is in no way, shape or form like an animal. She has an IQ of at least 118. Please think of how your words would affect the parents or child of those you are speaking about....
    Quote from Adele_Michal7
    I think I know what you were driving at with the animal comment but it could have been phrased (much) better.
    I'm going to share here and I really hope I don't get my head bit off for this. My daughter is on the lower end of the spectrum. While undoubtedly intelligent, she would be classified professionally as DD and likely below average in IQ (possibly due to limitations of her being non-verbal). For years I struggled to relate to her and express things, to even communicate on a base level. Know what helped me finally?

    I got a dog.

    And I dove into training that dog. Made it to be confident yet passive around the family. Trained it to do things, to obey commands. Taught it how certain things meant danger. Quite frankly, I trained her better than any professional could have, and I've been told that on numerous occasions.

    Then, it clicked. My dog couldn't talk. She didn't speak my language. She could read facial expressions. She wanted (and reciprocated with) unconditional love and respect. And here she was, a happy, integrated member of the family. It was at that point that I realized I could use the same approach to help my daughter in the same way, to bring her more into the family. And guess what? It worked. Because at the base level, she is an animal, a HUMAN animal, who cannot talk, doesn't understand language, could read my facial expressions (thankfully, a rare gift for an autistic) and wanted unconditional love (which she already had) and was finally able to reciprocate in kind.

    That's my story and I am proud to tell it everytime (and I tell it a lot).
    Last edit by Nurseworks on Aug 4, '15