Evaluating parent-professional partnership: partnership as perceived by parents of an early intervention service for children with a diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder within a city health board area of the Republic of Ireland

Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10147/112293
Title:
Evaluating parent-professional partnership: partnership as perceived by parents of an early intervention service for children with a diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder within a city health board area of the Republic of Ireland
Authors:
Mallia Borg Rachel
Issue Date:
5-Oct-2010
URI:
http://hdl.handle.net/10147/112293
Item Type:
Article
Language:
en
Description:
The importance of parents and professionals working in partnership has been discussed in academia for many years. However, professionals and parents today face several challenges when working together in the area of services for children with disabilities. A qualitative study was conducted, using a case study approach, to explore the perceptions of parents in an early intervention service for children with a diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder. This service fell within a city health board area in the Republic of Ireland. Postal questionnaires were completed by thirty parents and semi-structured interviews were held with six mothers whose child had previously availed of the service, in order to explore parents’ views of the parent-professional partnership relationship. Participants identified the following six themes when discussing the topic of parent-professional partnership: Communication, Equality, Mutual Trust and Respect, Personal Qualities, Commitment and Service Provision. Analysis revealed that parents appreciated professionals who communicated effectively, demonstrated commitment and understanding, promoted equality and valued the family. Service provision had an impact on the way parents and professionals worked together; suggesting that aspects such as the quantity of service also affected the partnership.
Keywords:
AUTISM; PARENT; PARTNERSHIP WORKING

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DC FieldValue Language
dc.contributor.authorMallia Borg Rachelen
dc.date.accessioned2010-10-05T07:59:04Z-
dc.date.available2010-10-05T07:59:04Z-
dc.date.issued2010-10-05T07:59:04Z-
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10147/112293-
dc.descriptionThe importance of parents and professionals working in partnership has been discussed in academia for many years. However, professionals and parents today face several challenges when working together in the area of services for children with disabilities. A qualitative study was conducted, using a case study approach, to explore the perceptions of parents in an early intervention service for children with a diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder. This service fell within a city health board area in the Republic of Ireland. Postal questionnaires were completed by thirty parents and semi-structured interviews were held with six mothers whose child had previously availed of the service, in order to explore parents’ views of the parent-professional partnership relationship. Participants identified the following six themes when discussing the topic of parent-professional partnership: Communication, Equality, Mutual Trust and Respect, Personal Qualities, Commitment and Service Provision. Analysis revealed that parents appreciated professionals who communicated effectively, demonstrated commitment and understanding, promoted equality and valued the family. Service provision had an impact on the way parents and professionals worked together; suggesting that aspects such as the quantity of service also affected the partnership.en
dc.language.isoenen
dc.subjectAUTISMen
dc.subjectPARENTen
dc.subjectPARTNERSHIP WORKINGen
dc.titleEvaluating parent-professional partnership: partnership as perceived by parents of an early intervention service for children with a diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder within a city health board area of the Republic of Irelanden
dc.typeArticleen
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