A support group for parents of children on a waiting list for an assessment for autism spectrum disorder

Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10147/302994
Title:
A support group for parents of children on a waiting list for an assessment for autism spectrum disorder
Authors:
Connolly, Micaela; Gersch, Irvine
Citation:
A support group for parents of children on a waiting list for an assessment for autism spectrum disorder 2013:1 Educational Psychology in Practice
Publisher:
Taylor and Francis Group
Journal:
Educational Psychology in Practice
Issue Date:
Oct-2013
URI:
http://hdl.handle.net/10147/302994
DOI:
10.1080/02667363.2013.841128
Additional Links:
http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/02667363.2013.841128
Item Type:
Article
Language:
en
Description:
Parents of children waiting for a diagnostic assessment for autism spectrum disorder (ASD) experience distress and anxiety while they wait. The present small-scale study took place in a multi-disciplinary therapeutic service in Ireland for children with ASD and was run between April and September 2011. The first author, an educational psychologist on a multi-disciplinary team, designed a qualitative, three-staged study to look at ways of supporting parents of children on the waiting list for assessment. Focus group discussions were analysed using thematic content analysis to identify themes to facilitate the development and evaluation of a pilot parent education group. Findings suggested that the ASD “journey” begins when the disorder is first raised as a possibility. Parents want information about ASD and the diagnostic process at this point. Parents reported benefits from the pilot group through meeting professionals involved in assessment, being supported by other parents, and learning strategies to help their children.
Keywords:
AUTISM; CHILD
ISSN:
0266-7363; 1469-5839

Full metadata record

DC FieldValue Language
dc.contributor.authorConnolly, Micaelaen_GB
dc.contributor.authorGersch, Irvineen_GB
dc.date.accessioned2013-10-08T16:15:21Z-
dc.date.available2013-10-08T16:15:21Z-
dc.date.issued2013-10-
dc.identifier.citationA support group for parents of children on a waiting list for an assessment for autism spectrum disorder 2013:1 Educational Psychology in Practiceen_GB
dc.identifier.issn0266-7363-
dc.identifier.issn1469-5839-
dc.identifier.doi10.1080/02667363.2013.841128-
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10147/302994-
dc.descriptionParents of children waiting for a diagnostic assessment for autism spectrum disorder (ASD) experience distress and anxiety while they wait. The present small-scale study took place in a multi-disciplinary therapeutic service in Ireland for children with ASD and was run between April and September 2011. The first author, an educational psychologist on a multi-disciplinary team, designed a qualitative, three-staged study to look at ways of supporting parents of children on the waiting list for assessment. Focus group discussions were analysed using thematic content analysis to identify themes to facilitate the development and evaluation of a pilot parent education group. Findings suggested that the ASD “journey” begins when the disorder is first raised as a possibility. Parents want information about ASD and the diagnostic process at this point. Parents reported benefits from the pilot group through meeting professionals involved in assessment, being supported by other parents, and learning strategies to help their children.en_GB
dc.language.isoenen
dc.publisherTaylor and Francis Groupen_GB
dc.relation.urlhttp://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/02667363.2013.841128en_GB
dc.rightsArchived with thanks to Educational Psychology in Practiceen_GB
dc.subjectAUTISMen_GB
dc.subjectCHILDen_GB
dc.titleA support group for parents of children on a waiting list for an assessment for autism spectrum disorderen_GB
dc.typeArticleen
dc.identifier.journalEducational Psychology in Practiceen_GB
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