Securing provision for children with autistic spectrum disorders: the views of parents
Tissot, C. A. and Evans, R. (2006) Securing provision for children with autistic spectrum disorders: the views of parents. Perspectives in Education, 24 (1). pp. 73-86. ISSN 0258-2236
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An original questionnaire was designed to seek the perspectives of parents about the process of securing appropriate educational provision for their child with autism spectrum disorder. In total, 738 responses were analysed using both quantative and qualitative data. Although a broad range of opinion was evidenced and a clear majority of families were happy with the end decision of placement, most families were significantly less happy with the process to determine that provision. Most families found this process difficult to navigate and frustrating. This caused a high level of stress for a significant proportion of families. Implications for practice are discussed.