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ERIC Number: EJ1076595
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013-Dec
Pages: 11
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1744-6295
Raising a Child with Disability and Dealing with Life Events: A Mother's Journey
O'Connell, Tina; O'Halloran, Maeve; Doody, Owen
Journal of Intellectual Disabilities, v17 n4 p376-386 Dec 2013
Intellectual disability services recognise people with intellectual disability as a family member and aim to provide effective support that facilitates family cohesion. However, the needs of families and individuals within the family should be addressed in a holistic manner to ensure a seamless service. This article outlines a mother's reflections on her experience of raising a child with autism spectrum disorder and its impact on her life. The article focuses on one mother's feelings, coping or lack of coping and growth during a time of sadness. This article written by a mother, nurse and academic through their shared interest in supporting families of children with a disability all came together to tell this story. It is hoped that this article will assist professionals understand a mother's perspective when raising a child with intellectual disability and support professionals to recognise the importance of listening, coordinated support and working in partnership.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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