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ERIC Number: EJ765632
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Jul
Pages: 14
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 27
ISSN: ISSN-0300-4430
The Training and Support Programme for Parents of Children with Ataxia: Parents' Perspectives
Powell, L. A.; Barlow, J. H.
Early Child Development and Care, v177 n5 p507-520 Jul 2007
The aim of the study was to assess the Training and Support Programme (TSP) among parents of children with ataxia. Twenty-seven parents and their children completed the TSP. Data were collected by home record sheets and observation sheets completed by parents and therapists, respectively, and telephone interviews with 10 parents. Benefits reported included improvements in children's stiffness, "jumping legs", agitation, energy and activity levels, circulation, balance, eating, non-verbal communication, relaxation and happiness. One parent had become "more accepting" of their child's ataxia. Several families attended the TSP in one location. This facilitated the development of a "social network" of similar families caring for children with ataxia. A randomised controlled trial would be necessary to determine whether the changes reported here are in fact due to attending the TSP. Such a study would benefit from the inclusion of children as active participants in the research process. (Contains 1 table.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom