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ERIC Number: ED549699
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 99
Abstractor: As Provided
ISBN: 978-1-2673-0481-0
Parent Perspectives on the Individual Education Program Process and Product for the Child with Autism
Brandt, Camille M.
ProQuest LLC, Ed.D. Dissertation, University of South Dakota
This study examined the perspectives of parents of children with autism receiving special education services in an upper Midwestern state. This study sought to determine parent perspectives of priorities for the child's IEP, parent perspectives of content of the child's IEP, and parent perspectives of their experiences at the school, comfort level in planning the IEP, and perspectives on factors which influence participation in the IEP process. A researcher-developed online survey instrument created from a review of literature on autism and the IEP was used to collect data from a convenience sample of 30 parents of children with autism who received special education services from public education and who received support from an autism support group. Likert scales were used to measure respondents' perspectives. Data was analyzed using Pearson Product Moment Correlation. Internal validity of the survey was measured using Cronbachs Alpha. Strong correlations between the priorities and IEP content of improving communication skills (r = 0.60), attending community events (r = 0.55), improving leisure skills (r = 0.53), improving academically (r = 0.44), and managing stress (r = 0.44) were found. Further analysis indicated differences in parent perspectives on participation in the IEP process when the IEP educational team viewed the parent as an expert on their child and valued the opinion of the parent. This research offers recommendations for schools serving children with autism as they enter into the IEP process with parents. [The dissertation citations contained here are published with the permission of ProQuest LLC. Further reproduction is prohibited without permission. Copies of dissertations may be obtained by Telephone (800) 1-800-521-0600. Web page:]
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Language: English
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