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ERIC Number: EJ1071292
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015-Sep
Pages: 16
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0033-3085
Transition to School: The Experiences of Canadian and Immigrant Families of Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders
Fontil, Laura; Petrakos, Hariclia Harriet
Psychology in the Schools, v52 n8 p773-788 Sep 2015
Transition to school for children with autism spectrum disorders (ASDs) places demands on children, parents, and school settings. The unique experiences of parents from diverse backgrounds have not been studied extensively. This qualitative study explored the experiences of 5 Canadian and 5 immigrant families during the transition to school for their children with ASDs. Parent perceptions of support systems during this transition and their experiences with preschool and elementary school staff were analyzed to understand their experiences. Thematic analyses of parent interviews revealed that parents perceived the quality of care during preschool as more supportive than the care received in elementary school. A variety of resources, such as familial, educational, and community support, seemed to help some Canadian and immigrant families in different ways. The transition to school experiences of parents of children with ASDs has important implications for school psychologists who facilitate and mediate parent-school partnerships and interagency collaboration.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Preschool Education; Early Childhood Education; Elementary Education
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Language: English
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Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Canada