Mahurin Honors College Capstone Experience/Thesis Projects


School of Nursing

Document Type



A comprehensive assessment is essential for creating a nursing care plan for a child with autistic disorder. A standardized tool provides a guide for gathering assessment data; however, the method of assessment must be individualized to each patient. The nurse's role in planning care for a child with autism is discussed and implemented through development of a nursing care plan based on assessment of an autistic child. The assessment was performed using a version of Gordon's Functional Health Patterns, modified by the researcher to encompass all aspects of health concern for an autistic child.

Advisor(s) or Committee Chair

Debora Williams


Social and Behavioral Sciences