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dc.contributor.authorMcgreevy, Elaineen_UK
dc.contributor.authorQuinn, Alexisen_UK
dc.contributor.authorLaw, Roslynen_UK
dc.contributor.authorBotha, Moniqueen_UK
dc.contributor.authorEvans, Mairien_UK
dc.contributor.authorRose, Kieranen_UK
dc.contributor.authorMoyse, Ruthen_UK
dc.contributor.authorBoyens, Tieganen_UK
dc.contributor.authorMatejko, Maciejen_UK
dc.contributor.authorPavlopoulou, Georgiaen_UK
dc.description.abstractMany support schemes in current autism clinical services for children and young people are based on notions of neuro-normativity with a behavioural emphasis. Such neuro-disorder approaches gradually undermine a person, restrain authentic self-expression, and fail to address the impact of a hostile world on autistic wellbeing. Furthermore, such approaches obscure attention from a fundamental challenge to conceptualise an alternative humanistic informed framework of care for staff working with diagnosed or undiagnosed autistic children and young people. In this paper, we offer an appreciation of the lifeworld-led model of care by Todres, Galvin, & Holloway, (2009). We discuss how mental health practitioners can adopt an experience sensitive framework of healthcare by incorporating the eight dimensions of care into practice. This neuroinclusive approach creates a culture of respect, honours the sovereignty of the person, prioritises personalisation of care based on collaborative decision-making, and enables practitioners to support wellbeing from an existential, humanistic view, grounded in acceptance of autistic diversity of being. Without a fundamental shift towards such neurodivergence-affirming support with practitioners being willing to transform their understanding, real progress cannot happen to prevent poor mental health outcomes for autistic people across the lifespan. This shift is needed to change practice across research, clinical, and educational contexts.en_UK
dc.publisherSAGE Publicationsen_UK
dc.relationMcgreevy E, Quinn A, Law R, Botha M, Evans M, Rose K, Moyse R, Boyens T, Matejko M & Pavlopoulou G (2024) An experience sensitive approach to care with and for autistic children and young people in clinical services. <i>Journal of Humanistic Psychology</i>.
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dc.subjectchildren adolescent mental health servicesen_UK
dc.titleAn experience sensitive approach to care with and for autistic children and young people in clinical servicesen_UK
dc.typeJournal Articleen_UK
dc.citation.jtitleJournal of Humanistic Psychologyen_UK
dc.type.statusVoR - Version of Recorden_UK
dc.contributor.affiliationRestraint Reduction Networken_UK
dc.contributor.affiliationAnna Freud Centre for Children and Familiesen_UK
dc.contributor.affiliationBerkshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trusten_UK
dc.contributor.affiliationUniversity of Sunderlanden_UK
dc.contributor.affiliationUniversity of Southamptonen_UK
dc.contributor.affiliationAnna Freud Centre for Children and Familiesen_UK
rioxxterms.apcnot requireden_UK
rioxxterms.typeJournal Article/Reviewen_UK
local.rioxx.authorMcgreevy, Elaine|en_UK
local.rioxx.authorQuinn, Alexis|en_UK
local.rioxx.authorLaw, Roslyn|en_UK
local.rioxx.authorBotha, Monique|0000-0002-5935-9654en_UK
local.rioxx.authorEvans, Mairi|en_UK
local.rioxx.authorRose, Kieran|en_UK
local.rioxx.authorMoyse, Ruth|en_UK
local.rioxx.authorBoyens, Tiegan|en_UK
local.rioxx.authorMatejko, Maciej|en_UK
local.rioxx.authorPavlopoulou, Georgia|en_UK
local.rioxx.projectInternal Project|University of Stirling|
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