Parent/care givers' perception of the efficacy of a student based occupational therapy service with autistic spectrum disorder children

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dc.contributor.author Bale, Rebecca
dc.date.accessioned 2009-11-03T09:20:26Z
dc.date.available 2009-11-03T09:20:26Z
dc.date.issued 2009-11-03T09:20:26Z
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10539/7406
dc.description M.Sc. (Occupational Therapy), Faculty of Health Sciences, University of the Witwatersrand, 2009 en_US
dc.description.abstract This qualitative study explores the perceptions of parents/caregivers of the efficacy of a student based occupational therapy service with children with autistic spectrum disorders (ASD). Key informant interviews were conducted with ten randomly selected parents/caregivers of children with ASD receiving occupational therapy from final year students of the University of the Witwatersrand. Data analysis generated six themes: Understanding of Occupational Therapy; Limitations of students as therapists; Lack of partnership; Inadequate structure of the program; Inefficacy of the service and, Desperate need of help. The study showed that the student based occupational therapy service was not effective because students were not in a position to provide a comprehensive treatment programme for the children. The findings highlight the need for the provision of a full time occupational therapy service at the CDC. A follow up study to explore experiences of students in the management of ASD is recommended. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.subject autism en_US
dc.subject student based occupational therapy en_US
dc.subject parent/care giver perception en_US
dc.title Parent/care givers' perception of the efficacy of a student based occupational therapy service with autistic spectrum disorder children en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US


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