Parents of children with autism: Experiences of education service provision in the Republic of Ireland

Ian Grey, Evelyn Lynn, Brian McClean

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Abstract

This is an exploratory study into parents' experiences of educational approaches for their children with autism. Fourteen interviews took place, seven with parents whose children were attending a school which provided Early Intensive Behavioural Intervention (EIBI) and seven with parents whose children were receiving typical statutory education provision in a special class for children with autism attached to a mainstream school, in line with current Department of Education and Science guidelines, this class adopted an eclectic mix of approaches. Thematic analysis of responses from a 30-item interview generated six themes: Availability of resources; assessment; communication; staff training and qualification; inclusion and mainstreaming; and parent experiences and roles. Responses pointed to a disparity in parental experiences regarding the provision of educational services between the ABA and non-ABA school with parents reporting greater overall satisfaction with the ABA school.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)111-124
Number of pages14
JournalIrish Journal of Psychology
Volume31
Issue number3-4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2010
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Psychology

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