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ERIC Number: EJ1117519
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016-Nov
Pages: 16
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0162-3257
How Families Make Sense of Their Child's Behaviour When on an Autism Assessment and Diagnosis Waiting List
Denman, Katie; Smart, Cordet; Dallos, Rudi; Levett, Paula
Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, v46 n11 p3408-3423 Nov 2016
Families waiting for an Autism Spectrum Condition assessment often experience difficulties explaining, or making sense of, the referred young person's behaviour. Little is known about this sense making, or how clinicians might support this ambiguity. This paper explored finite details of how five families do "sense-making" in conversations with each other, while on the waiting list for an ASC assessment. A Discursive Psychology analysis of these conversations found that sense making was affected by (1) an interactional pattern of interruptions impeding the progress of sense making narratives; (2) face saving to maintain positive identities and shared understanding; and (3) difficulties in word finding within sense making narratives. These practices challenged the production of a coherent family sense making narrative.
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Language: English
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