Evaluating the Success of a Parent-Professional Autism Network: Implications for Family Counselors

Robin Lock, Loretta Bradley, Claude Hendricks, Donna Brown, Rita Finstein

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Abstract

Family counselors working with families and children diagnosed with autism spectrum disorders may seek assistance from a variety of sources in order to support their clients. Despite the need, few community resources are available to meet the varied and complex needs of families. The authors discuss a community-based program that can be used as an adjunct to family counseling. Specifically, this study used a survey and interview to examine perceptions of the benefits of participation in this program. The study identified four themes: (1) knowledge, (2) altered living patterns, (3) heightened coping skills, and (4) desired changes. These themes supported parental views of the success of the parent-professional networking group. Considerations for both family counseling practice and research are considered.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)288-296
JournalThe Family Journal
StatePublished - Jul 2013

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