Lauren Rand

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Lauren Rand MSN, RN, CPN, CPST has worked in a myriad of pediatric health care settings. She lives in Louisville, KY with her husband, their 5-year-old son, and two dogs, and when not working, enjoys spending time with her family, reading, working out, listening to true crime podcasts, and binge-watching TV shows.
  • Pivoting: Balancing Self-Care While Caring for Your Autistic Child

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    Have you ever been on a plane, watching the flight attendants perform their safety protocol demonstration? They always remind passengers to secure their own oxygen mask first if a cabin depressurizes before assisting others. Easier said than done, right? Before I had a child, self-care was easy for me to accomplish. After having an autistic…

  • How is Autism Diagnosed? Navigating the Autism Diagnosis Process

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    I didn’t always know my son was autistic.  Reflecting, I’m surprised I didn’t pick up on symptoms with my background in pediatric nursing. But I was also a new mom and in the thick of dealing with a premature infant who spent nine weeks in the NICU. I was just trying to survive and consumed…