ERIC Number: EJ981693
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Abstractor: As Provided
Grandparents of Grandchildren with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD): Strengthening Relationships through Technology Activities
Wright, Scott D.; D'Astous, Valerie; Wright, Cheryl A.; Diener, Marissa L.
International Journal of Aging and Human Development, v75 n2 p169-184 2012
This study of grandparent-grandchild relationships was embedded in the context of technology workshops offered for young children on the autism spectrum. The purpose of this research was to examine the perspectives of six involved grandparents regarding their social interactions with their grandchildren in the context of this shared technology experience. Content analysis of transcribed focus group sessions with the grandparents indicated two key themes: expectations were reframed and communication bridges were built through shared interests. Grandparents perceived that their grandchildren learned technological skills, and increased their social interactions with peers, family members (parents, siblings), and grandparents themselves. The positive experience the grandparents perceived their grandchildren to have in the program gave them hope for future educational and employment opportunities for their grandchildren. The grandparents also indicated that the shared interests in the computer program facilitated communication opportunities with their grandchildren, with other grandparents of grandchildren with ASD, and with their adult sons and daughters.
Descriptors: Interests, Autism, Content Analysis, Grandparents, Focus Groups, Grandchildren, Interpersonal Competence, Interpersonal Relationship, Pervasive Developmental Disorders, Interaction, Social Development, Technology Education, Workshops, Program Effectiveness, Attitude Measures, Computer Software
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