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Wachob and Pesci Publish on EMS Knowledge and Treatment of Autism

Posted on 1/23/2017 9:13:25 AM

David Wachob and Lou Pesci, Department of Kinesiology, Health, and Sport Science, published an article titled “Knowledge and confidence of emergency medical service personnel involving treatment of an individual with Autism Spectrum Disorder” in an upcoming issue of the Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders.

The purpose of this study was to determine the knowledge and confidence of EMS personnel on interacting and treating an individual with ASD. Emergency medical technicians and paramedics were surveyed on their knowledge of ASD familiarity or experience with ASD, and level of comfort responding to emergencies involving an individual with ASD.

The results found that autism-specific training and resources were associated with higher comfort levels, but not knowledge. It was also determined that newer and younger professionals had higher knowledge and comfort when compared to the more experienced and older professionals. 

The Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders is the leading peer-reviewed, scholarly periodical focusing on all aspects of autism spectrum disorders and related developmental disabilities. JADD is committed to advancing the understanding of autism, including potential causes and prevalence, diagnosis advancements, and effective clinical care, education, and treatment for all individuals.