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Title: Parents and professionals' perceptions on the challenges of supporting children with ASD in Greece
Author: Veroni, Eirini
ISNI:       0000 0004 8497 7459
Awarding Body: University of Warwick
Current Institution: University of Warwick
Date of Award: 2018
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This study aims to investigate parents' experiences of raising children with ASD and parent-professional relationships, including teachers, children's psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers, special educators, occupational therapists and speech therapists. Specifically it examined parents' views upon their own well-being and their children's emotional and social functioning. The research was conducted in Greece and focused on the challenges parents and professionals faced as a result of the economic crisis. It also addressed the impact that austerity had upon professional practices and ASD educational provision. The challenging nature of raising children with ASD is key, particularly when parents are faced with poor special education services in terms of the limited special educational provision in schools and constrained resources, as well as the lack of training and the reduced academic accountability of the professionals who work with children with ASD. With the use of 100 questionnaires given to parents and another set of 100 given to professionals who worked in the field of autism followed with 20 interviews with parents and 40 with professionals respectively a mixed methods research design was adopted. The study is an opportunity for parents' and professionals' views to be heard. It reveals the impact of the austerity policies on children with ASD and their families. It also sheds light on the lack of infrastructure and resources available to parents and professionals respectively. The austerity context intensifies the difficulties that parents and families face in supporting children with ASD and highlighted the need for further training and the importance of effective communication between parents and professionals in order to cater for the needs of ASD children.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: State Scholarships Foundation (IKY) ; University of Warwick
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
EThOS ID:  DOI: Not available
Keywords: LC Special aspects of education