Encyclopedia of Autism Spectrum Disorders

Living Edition
| Editors: Fred R. Volkmar

Family-Centered Care, 2nd edition

  • Laura Foran LewisEmail author
Living reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4614-6435-8_102252-1



Family-centered care is an approach to care that is based on the understanding that the family is a child’s primary source of strength and support (American Academy of Pediatrics 2012). As such, the family is recognized as an integral part of the team in collaboration with service providers to best support the care of the child. Family may include parents, extended family, and/or other caregivers who are determined to be most meaningful and supportive to the child in time of need (Baas 2012).

Core principles of family-centered care include: listening to and respecting the unique preferences of the child and family; ensuring flexibility in policies and practices to tailor care to individual family needs, beliefs and cultural values; providing complete, honest, and unbiased information to families; providing and/or ensuring formal and information support; collaborating with families at all levels of health...

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References and Readings

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.College of Nursing & Health SciencesUniversity of VermontBurlingtonUSA