ERIC Number: ED386843
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1993-Nov
Unexpected Findings in Interviews with Parents of Children with Disabilities.
Lloyd, Sandra R.
Views of parents of children, ages 3-37, with disabilities were investigated. Interviews with 51 families addressed a number of questions, including the following: how they learned of their child's disabilities; the best times for the family; reactions of others to their child; what they think their child might not be able to do; and the hardest thing about having a child with disabilities. Based on the responses, which are summarized, it is suggested that no one is ever prepared to have a child with disabilities. It is recommended that teachers treat parents in an individual manner. Family background, socioeconomic resources, and support (or lack of it) within the family and the community can affect the way the child with disabilities is perceived and treated by the family, as well as the way the family feels about itself. Educators need to remember that having a child with disabilities often puts tremendous strain on marriages and on family finances. Educators also should keep these findings in mind before assuming that parents have the time or energy to implement major intervention programs at home. (SW)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Convention of the Teacher Education Division of the Council for Exceptional Children (Orlando, FL, November 1993).