School of Education
Doctor of Education (EdD)
Lucinda S Spaulding
Advocacy, Autism Spectrum Disorder, Continuity, Exceptional Family Member Program, Military Dependent
Disability and Equity in Education | Education | Educational Assessment, Evaluation, and Research | Educational Psychology | Other Education | Student Counseling and Personnel Services
Tidwell, Charles, "Parental Concerns Surrounding the Care and Education of Military Dependent Children with Autism: A Phenomenological Study" (2016). Doctoral Dissertations and Projects. 1354.
Autism continues to be a growing concern in America and there is indication that the rate of autism among the sub-population of military dependent children is potentially higher than the general public. This hermeneutic phenomenological study focused on the concerns and experiences of parents of military families raising and educating their children with autism. Data was collected from nine military families across the United States. Six fathers and seven mothers participated through an initial questionnaire, interview, and a written reflective timeline. Findings demonstrated the stress, strain and sacrifice of families serving in the military with children with autism. Continuity of care and education was a significant concern. Participant parents stressed advocacy as a crucial key to success. Parents have wealth of knowledge and experience to share. Findings provide valuable insight to education professionals, support providers, policy makers, as well as other parents.
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