ERIC Number: EJ1074014
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015-Oct
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 57
Lived Experiences of Parents of Gifted Students with Autism Spectrum Disorder: The Struggle to Find Appropriate Educational Experiences
Rubenstein, Lisa DaVia; Schelling, Natalie; Wilczynski, Susan M.; Hooks, Elizabeth N.
Gifted Child Quarterly, v59 n4 p283-298 Oct 2015
The purpose of this phenomenological, qualitative study was to illuminate the lived, shared experiences of parents of gifted children diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder. Thirteen parents were interviewed and the interviews were transcribed and qualitatively analyzed. This article specifically examines the parents' experiences navigating the educational system for their children. All participants described the challenges associated with finding appropriate educational placements for their children due to the children's unique social and academic needs. Parents recognized the incompatibility between their child's characteristics and typical educational environments, and this incompatibility required parents to take an active role in designing and finding appropriate educational opportunities. These findings provide insight for school personnel and parents as they develop flexible services for twice-exceptional students.
Descriptors: Autism, Pervasive Developmental Disorders, Interviews, Educational Environment, Qualitative Research, Clinical Diagnosis, Parent Role, Educational Opportunities, Gifted Disabled, Student Placement, Student Needs, Socialization, Academic Achievement, Student Characteristics, Academic Accommodations (Disabilities), Advocacy, Parent Attitudes, Special Education, Phenomenology, Intelligence Tests, Children, Achievement Tests
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
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Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Wechsler Individual Achievement Test; Wechsler Intelligence Scale for Children; Woodcock Johnson Tests of Achievement