The purpose of this study was to explore the lived experience of parents who have a child diagnosed with a developmental disability who received Early Intervention services in Thailand. A phenomenological approach was used in the design of the study. Open-ended interviews were conducted with eight participants who lived in Thailand and had a child with a developmental disability. Only participants whose children were 5 years old or younger at the time of the study were interviewed. Five themes emerged from the data, including the journey, helpful versus unhelpful attitudes and actions, systems and services in Early Intervention, challenges, and positive outcomes. Implications for professionals, policy-makers, and society are discussed, including areas for future research on Early Intervention in Thailand.
|Advisor:||Warren, Mary G.|
|Commitee:||Clancey, Sara, McKann, Suzanne S., Narkpongphun, Assawin|
|School:||Fielding Graduate University|
|School Location:||United States -- California|
|Source:||DAI-A 80/08(E), Dissertation Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Southeast Asian studies, Early childhood education, Special education, Individual & family studies|
|Keywords:||Children with disabilities, Developmental disability, Early intervention, Phenomenology, Thailand|
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