“It's Not Humanly Possible to Do Everything”: Perspectives on Intervention Decision-Making Processes of Parents of Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders Purpose The purpose of this investigation was to understand the decision-making processes used by parents of children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) related to communication-based interventions. Method Qualitative interview methodology was used. Data were gathered through interviews. Each parent had a child with ASD who was at least ... Article
Article  |   January 01, 2015
“It's Not Humanly Possible to Do Everything”: Perspectives on Intervention Decision-Making Processes of Parents of Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders
Author Affiliations & Notes
  • Erinn Finke
    Communication Sciences and Disorders, The Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA
  • Kathryn Drager
    Communication Sciences and Disorders, The Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA
  • Elizabeth C. Serpentine
    Lower Marion School District, Ardmore, PA
  • Financial Disclosure: Erinn Finke is an assistant professor at The Pennsylvania State University. Kathryn Drager is a professor at The Pennsylvania State University. Elizabeth C. Serpentine is a speech-language pathologist in the Lower Marion School District.
    Financial Disclosure: Erinn Finke is an assistant professor at The Pennsylvania State University. Kathryn Drager is a professor at The Pennsylvania State University. Elizabeth C. Serpentine is a speech-language pathologist in the Lower Marion School District.×
  • Nonfinancial Disclosure: Erinn Finke has previously published in the subject area. Kathryn Drager has previously published in the subject area. Elizabeth C. Serpentine has previously published in the subject area.
    Nonfinancial Disclosure: Erinn Finke has previously published in the subject area. Kathryn Drager has previously published in the subject area. Elizabeth C. Serpentine has previously published in the subject area.×
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Article   |   January 01, 2015
“It's Not Humanly Possible to Do Everything”: Perspectives on Intervention Decision-Making Processes of Parents of Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders
SIG 1 Perspectives on Language Learning and Education, January 2015, Vol. 22, 13-21. doi:10.1044/lle22.1.13
History: Received August 27, 2014 , Accepted October 25, 2014
SIG 1 Perspectives on Language Learning and Education, January 2015, Vol. 22, 13-21. doi:10.1044/lle22.1.13
History: Received August 27, 2014; Accepted October 25, 2014

Purpose The purpose of this investigation was to understand the decision-making processes used by parents of children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) related to communication-based interventions.

Method Qualitative interview methodology was used. Data were gathered through interviews. Each parent had a child with ASD who was at least four-years-old; lived with their child with ASD; had a child with ASD without functional speech for communication; and used at least two different communication interventions.

Results Parents considered several sources of information for learning about interventions and provided various reasons to initiate and discontinue a communication intervention. Parents also discussed challenges introduced once opinions of the school individualized education program (IEP) team had to be considered.

Conclusions Parents of children with ASD primarily use individual decision-making processes to select interventions. This discrepancy speaks to the need for parents and professionals to share a common “language” about interventions and the decision-making process.

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