Services for children with autism spectrum disorder in three, large urban school districts: Perspectives of parents and educators.

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TitleServices for children with autism spectrum disorder in three, large urban school districts: Perspectives of parents and educators.
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2015
AuthorsIadarola, S, Hetherington, S, Clinton, C, Dean, M, Reisinger, E, Huynh, L, Locke, J, Conn, K, Heinert, S, Kataoka, S, Harwood, R, Smith, T, Mandell, DS, Kasari, C
JournalAutism
Volume19
Issue6
Pagination694-703
Date Published2015 Aug
ISSN1461-7005
KeywordsAdult, Autism Spectrum Disorder, Community-Based Participatory Research, Faculty, Female, Humans, Male, Middle Aged, Parents, United States, Urban Health Services
Abstract

This study used qualitative methods to evaluate the perceptions of parents, educators, and school administrators in three large, urban school districts (Los Angeles, Philadelphia, and Rochester) regarding services for children with autism spectrum disorder within the context of limited district resources. Facilitators followed a standard discussion guide that contained open-ended questions regarding participants' views on strengths and limitations of existing services and contextual factors that would facilitate or inhibit the process of introducing new interventions. Three primary themes were identified: (1) tension between participant groups (teachers and paraprofessionals, staff and administration, teachers and parents, special education and general education teachers), (2) necessity of autism spectrum disorder-specific and behavioral training for school personnel, and (3) desire for a school culture of accepting difference. These themes highlight the importance of developing trainings that are feasible to deliver on a large scale, that focus on practical interventions, and that enhance communication and relationships of school personnel with one another and with families.

DOI10.1177/1362361314548078
Alternate JournalAutism
PubMed ID25192859
PubMed Central IDPMC4483151
Grant ListK01 MH100199 / MH / NIMH NIH HHS / United States
UA3 MC 11055 AIR-B / / PHS HHS / United States