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Living with autistic spectrum disorder: parental experiences of raising a child with ASD

Glazzard, Jonathan and Overall, Katy (2012) Living with autistic spectrum disorder: parental experiences of raising a child with ASD. Support for Learning: British Journal of Learning Support, 27 (1). pp. 37-45. ISSN 0268-2141

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    Abstract

    The focus of the study was to explore parental experiences
    of raising a child with autistic spectrum disorder
    (ASD). A mixed-method approach consisting of questionnaires
    and semi-structured interviews was used
    in order to elicit parental perspectives of raising a
    child with ASD. Two semi-structured interviews were
    conducted with parents of children with ASD. Questionnaires
    were sent to parents of children with ASD in two
    special schools. The findings indicate that although
    each of the parents had a child with ASD, their experiences
    were all different. Many interesting accounts
    were documented and a wealth of information regarding
    the characteristic traits that children with ASD
    portray was recorded. The findings suggested that the
    majority of the parents experienced a low level of
    support from agencies and professionals. The general
    verdict was that of poor communication and a lack
    of understanding of parents’ needs following formal
    diagnosis. Finally, a series of coping strategies were
    discovered ranging from family support to paid help.sufl_1505 37..45

    Item Type: Article
    Subjects: L Education > L Education (General)
    Schools: School of Education and Professional Development
    School of Education and Professional Development > Centre of Lifelong Learning and Social Justice > Early Years Childhood Youth and Community Research
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    Depositing User: Jonathan Glazzard
    Date Deposited: 23 Feb 2012 16:18
    Last Modified: 06 Aug 2013 11:12
    URI: http://eprints.hud.ac.uk/id/eprint/12796

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