Date of Award
Open Access Thesis
Master of Social Work (MSW)
Mary A Taylor
The purpose of this study was to explore the needs of parents of young children with developmental disabilities. The survey included 70 families served through Early Childhood Special Education. Data collection utilized the Family Needs Survey (Bailey & Simeonsson, 1990). Topics examined were: Information, Family and Social Support, Financial, Explaining to Others, Child Care, Professional Support, and Community Services. Findings indicated that parents have a high need for information about current and future services available for their children. Family and social support data indicated that parents have a need to find time for themselves. The financial needs parents reported were assistance in paying for therapy and day care services. These parents frequently reported a need for babysitters or respite care providers. Professional support needs most frequently reported were finding more time to talk with their child's teacher or therapist. Community service needs were most frequently reported as meeting and talking to parents who have a child like theirs.
Peterson, Susan E., "A Needs Assessment for Parents of Children with Developmental Disabilities" (1998). Theses and Graduate Projects. 789.