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Understanding how parents of children with Autism Spectrum Disorders perceive the role of formal and informal support resources

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dc.contributor.advisor van Rhijn, Tricia
dc.contributor.author Avery, Kaitlyn
dc.date.accessioned 2021-05-10T20:26:52Z
dc.date.available 2021-05-10T20:26:52Z
dc.date.copyright 2021-05
dc.date.created 2021-04-28
dc.identifier.uri https://hdl.handle.net/10214/25697
dc.description.abstract The purpose of this study was to understand the influence of support resources on the lives of parents of children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). A family-systems approach was adopted to examine how parents perceive the Ontario Autism Program (OAP) to be effective in supporting their needs and the impact of COVID-19 on accessing support. This study followed a mixed-methods approach, whereby 35 participants completed an online survey. Descriptive statistics were collected to create a demographic profile of the sample population and thematic analysis was used to provide detailed experiences of parents who access support resources for their families. Participants identified several barriers to accessing services, such as funding restrictions and lengthy waitlists; additionally, parents indicated that services did not consider the needs of the entire family unit. The thesis concludes with recommendations for key stakeholders to improve the centralization and coordination of services to help ameliorate barriers faced by families. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.publisher University of Guelph en_US
dc.rights Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International *
dc.rights.uri http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/4.0/ *
dc.subject autism en_US
dc.subject ASD en_US
dc.subject parents of children with autism en_US
dc.subject support en_US
dc.title Understanding how parents of children with Autism Spectrum Disorders perceive the role of formal and informal support resources en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US
dc.degree.programme Family Relations and Applied Nutrition en_US
dc.degree.name Master of Science en_US
dc.degree.department Department of Family Relations and Applied Nutrition en_US
dc.degree.grantor University of Guelph en_US


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