When a child is diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), parents/caregivers are required to come to an understanding both emotionally and intellectually, with the fact that their child is born with ASD. This study investigated the experiences of parents who have had child with autism living in a rural area. The study highlights parent’s perception of autism from the time of diagnosis with autism to present. The participants included 5 parents—2 mothers and 3 fathers. This qualitative investigation used semi-structured face to face interviews to examine issues related to the impacts and constrains of bringing up a child with autism in a rural area. Analysis of participant interviews revealed several suggestions and challenges when bringing up a child with autism in a rural area from the time the child was diagnosed till present. This study is a replication of key components of a study conducted by Retaskie (2015) which investigated parent perceptions of autism in Minneapolis, a large urban area. The Twin Cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul are known as an area with numerous resources for families of individuals with autism. This study is unique as compared to Retaskie’s, because the subjects live in a rural area, a far cry from the urban environment of Retaskie’s study. Being in a rural community, these families would not have had easy access to the various support organizations that are available in urban settings. This study investigated and identified parent’s initial and ongoing perceptions upon receiving the diagnosis of autism for their children. The results provide insight to educators and other professionals in similar rural communities who are working with children with autism, to better understand parents’ perceptions of autism. Recommendations for future research are also discussed.
|Commitee:||Garnes, Lori, Anderson, Nathan|
|School:||Minot State University|
|School Location:||United States -- North Dakota|
|Source:||MAI 81/6(E), Masters Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Special education, Disability studies, Individual & family studies|
|Keywords:||Autism, Parents', Perception, Rural|
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