Date of Award


Document Type

Open Access Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Social Work (MSW)


Social Work

First Advisor

Lois Bosch

Second Advisor

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.


SC 11.MSW.1998.Peterson.SE

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