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What do Parents with Children who have Autism Think?

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dc.contributor.advisor Mastropieri, Margo A. Thompson, Catherine Creighton
dc.creator Thompson, Catherine Creighton 2014-09-18T01:53:57Z 2014-09-18T01:53:57Z 2014-05 en_US
dc.description.abstract The purpose of this mixed methods study was to better understand the perspectives of parents with children who are diagnosed with autism spectrum disorders regarding the Individualized Education Program (IEP) process, and interventions implemented to help their child meet IEP goals. The web-based survey included both closed and open-ended items. Major findings revealed that although a majority of the parents responded negatively to the single item asking their overall perceptions of the IEP process, they responded positively when asked their perceptions concerning specific IEP aspects including (a) their participation as equal IEP team members with educators, (b) that their suggestions were integrated into the IEP, and (c) that their child's IEP would meet their child's educational needs. Parents provided suggestions for improving the IEP process and desired the best education possible for their children, but also expressed concerns that generic and not "individualized IEP goals" may compromise the quality of their children's education. Parents believed their participation in the IEP process was critical, and greatly enhanced the individualization of IEP goals. Knowledge of their rights, special education law, and autism enhanced parents' abilities to participate in IEP meetings as equal partners with school personnel.
dc.format.extent 429 pages en_US
dc.language.iso en
dc.rights Copyright 2014 Catherine Creighton Thompson en_US
dc.subject Special education en_US
dc.subject Teacher education en_US
dc.subject Education policy en_US
dc.subject Autism en_US
dc.subject Evidence based Practices (EBP) en_US
dc.subject Individualized Educaiton Program (IEP) en_US
dc.subject parent education en_US
dc.subject Parents perspectives en_US
dc.subject Research based practices en_US
dc.title What do Parents with Children who have Autism Think?
dc.type Dissertation Doctoral Education George Mason University

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