ERIC Number: EJ1119656
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016-Dec
Abstractor: As Provided
Parent-Teacher Communication about Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder: An Examination of Collaborative Problem-Solving
Azad, Gazi F.; Kim, Mina; Marcus, Steven C.; Sheridan, Susan M.; Mandell, David S.
Psychology in the Schools, v53 n10 p1071-1084 Dec 2016
Effective parent-teacher communication involves problem-solving concerns about students. Few studies have examined problem-solving interactions between parents and teachers of children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), with a particular focus on identifying communication barriers and strategies for improving them. This study examined the problem-solving behaviors of parents and teachers of children with ASD. Participants were 18 teachers and 39 parents of children with ASD. Parent-teacher dyads were prompted to discuss and provide a solution for a problem that a student experienced at home and at school. Parents and teachers also reported on their problem-solving behaviors. Results showed that parents and teachers displayed limited use of the core elements of problem-solving. Teachers displayed more problem-solving behaviors than parents. Both groups reported engaging in more problem-solving behaviors than they were observed to display during their discussions. Our findings suggest that teacher and parent training programs should include collaborative approaches to problem-solving.
Descriptors: Parent Teacher Cooperation, Autism, Pervasive Developmental Disorders, Problem Solving, Parent Attitudes, Teacher Attitudes, Barriers, Communication Problems, Identification, Student Behavior
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Sponsor: National Institute of Mental Health (DHHS/NIH)
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Grant or Contract Numbers: 1F32MH101994