The stories of parents whose children have been referred for an assessment for Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD): A narrative analysis

Aldous, Holly (2017) The stories of parents whose children have been referred for an assessment for Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD): A narrative analysis. Professional Doctorate thesis, Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust / University of Essex. Full text available

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There is an increasing emphasis on the importance of parental voice in education, and specifically within the realm of Special Educational Needs (SEN). For parents whose children have been identified as potentially having Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD), their story may have begun long before there is professional involvement. There appears to be a dearth of qualitative research into parental experiences prior to their child’s ASD assessment. Therefore, this research explored the narratives of two parents whose children had been referred for an ASD assessment. Within a social constructivist, relativist paradigm, narratives were collected through in-depth interviews that enabled a detailed inductive analysis of each of the unique stories. Findings are discussed in relation to the analysis and related theory, research and policy. The limitations of this research and implications for future projects and Educational Psychology (EP) practice are also discussed, including how reflection on issues of power, hermeneutics, ontology and epistemology may be pertinent to EP practice.

Item Type: Thesis (Professional Doctorate)
Additional Information: Thesis submitted in partial fulfilment of the Professional Doctorate in Child, Community and Educational Psychology awarded by the Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust in association with the University of Essex
Uncontrolled Keywords: M4, Professional Doctorate in Child, Community and Educational Psychology
Subjects: Communication (incl. disorders of) > Autism
Families > Parent Child Relations/Parenthood
Learning & Education > Educational Psychology
Learning & Education > Special Needs Education
Department/People: Children, Young Adult and Family Services
Research
Depositing User: Ms Linda Dolben
Date Deposited: 05 Sep 2017 11:58
Last Modified: 05 Sep 2017 11:58
URI: http://repository.tavistockandportman.ac.uk/id/eprint/1642

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