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DIFFICULTIES EXPERIENCED AT HOME BY PARENTS OF PRESCHOOL CHILDREN WITH AUTISM SPECTRUM DISORDER

Thursday, April 1, 2021

Publication Year:

2021

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Pages: 208-219

DOI: 10.5281/zenodo.5651596

Abstract:

Introduction: The parents experience difficulties children with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Objective: The study of the

subjective experience and difficulties experienced at home by parents of preschool children diagnosed with Autistic

Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Μethod and Μaterial: Qualitative research with a sample of 6 parents, all residing in the

wider Athens area. Data collected with unstructured interviews that took place from September to December 2019.

Data analysis was based on the Grounded Theory methodology. Results: The analysis of data revealed the following

four thematic units: a) Lack/insufficiency of services, b) Need for at-home support, c) Everyday problems, d) Consequences/

difficulties. Conclusions: There is a need for a national plan of support for families raising children with ASD,

revision of therapeutic protocols, but also more effective sensitization of the whole of society.

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