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Nmphi And Ccids Parent Advocacy Training Collaborative, Crystal Cron, April Fournier Apr 2019

Nmphi And Ccids Parent Advocacy Training Collaborative, Crystal Cron, April Fournier

Poster Presentations

This poster describes the collaborative work between New Mainers Public Health Initiative (NMPHI) and the University of Maine Center for Community Inclusion and Disability Studies (CCIDS) to assist in developing and presenting advocacy training for parents of children on the autism spectrum, including Somali parents here in Maine as well as assist in the development of resource and information materials on Somali populations in NH and Maine.


Caregivers' Challenges In Accessing Services For Children With Autism, Anita Payne Jones Jan 2019

Caregivers' Challenges In Accessing Services For Children With Autism, Anita Payne Jones

Walden Dissertations and Doctoral Studies

The perspective of the caregiver is vital to understanding the experiences of raising a child with autism, including the challenges faced in accessing services. The purpose of this qualitative, transcendental phenomenological study was to examine the lived experiences of primary caregivers raising a school-age child with autism and to bring about an understanding of the challenges faced in accessing services. Resiliency theory provided the conceptual framework for the study. Semi-structured, in-depth interviews were conducted with 11 participants raising a child with autism in the Washington, DC metropolitan area. Data were analyzed using Moustakas's descriptive approach. Results yielded 5 themes ...


Examining Jordanians' Attitudes Towards Five Types Of Developmental Disabilities, Najah Zaaeed Drph, Mohammad M. Mohammad, Peter Gleason, Khaled A. Bahjri Md, Naomi Modeste Apr 2018

Examining Jordanians' Attitudes Towards Five Types Of Developmental Disabilities, Najah Zaaeed Drph, Mohammad M. Mohammad, Peter Gleason, Khaled A. Bahjri Md, Naomi Modeste

Journal of Refugee & Global Health

Background: The diagnosis and reported rates of persons with developmental disabilities (PWDDs) in Jordan is steadily increasing. Although initiatives have been implemented to improve the lives of PWDDs, attitudes towards PWDDs hinder successful inclusion in the Jordanian society.

Objectives: To examine the relationship between Jordanians socio-economic status and attitudes towards persons with developmental disabilities: autism, blindness, cerebral palsy, Down syndrome and muscular dystrophy.

Methods: Jordanians (N=259), ages 18-65 were recruited for this convergent parallel, mixed-methods study. Participants completed the modified 40-item Community Living Attitude Scale-developmental disability (CLAS-DD) and the modified Intellectual Disability Literacy Scale consisting of five vignettes, representing ...


A Model Of Employment Supports For Job Seekers With Intellectual Disabilities, Alberto Migliore, Kelly Nye-Lengerman, Oliver Lyons, Jennifer Bose, John Butterworth, Thinkwork! At The Institute For Community Inclusion At Umass Boston Apr 2018

A Model Of Employment Supports For Job Seekers With Intellectual Disabilities, Alberto Migliore, Kelly Nye-Lengerman, Oliver Lyons, Jennifer Bose, John Butterworth, Thinkwork! At The Institute For Community Inclusion At Umass Boston

ThinkWork! Publications

Interviews with 16 employment consultants-triangulated with job seekers, family members, and supervisors-revealed a model of employment supports aligned with the elements described in the literature, although with an added emphasis on (a) building trust as a key element starting from day one; (b) a circular process converging on the job match; (c) and flexible intensity of supports. The model can be used for improving clarity in communication with employment consultants about effective employment support practices for assisting job seekers with intellectual and developmental disabilities.


Educational Videos About Restraint And Seclusion, Jodie Hall Apr 2018

Educational Videos About Restraint And Seclusion, Jodie Hall

Poster Presentations

The Coalition for Restraint and Seclusion (C.A.R.S.) is a group of stakeholders whose mission is to prevent the overuse of restraints and seclusion within the educational setting. As part of my training with the New Hampshire-Maine Leadership in Education in Neurodevelopmental Related Disabilities Program (LEND), I have been working with C.A.R.S. to update their resources and parent education materials. We created a series of short informational videos which will be accessed via the internet, in order to provide materials which are easily digestible and accessible for parents. My poster will provide descriptions of the ...


Nh-Me Lend: Advancing Health Equity For Children And Youth With Asd/Ndd And Their Families Through Continuous Quality Improvement, Betsy Humphreys, Susan Russell, Rae Sonnenmeier, Alan Kurtz Jul 2017

Nh-Me Lend: Advancing Health Equity For Children And Youth With Asd/Ndd And Their Families Through Continuous Quality Improvement, Betsy Humphreys, Susan Russell, Rae Sonnenmeier, Alan Kurtz

Poster Presentations

Over the past two decades NH and Maine have experienced rapid growth of racial, ethnic, and linguistic minority populations. New Hampshire’s foreign-born population was 5.7% in 2013, while Maine’s foreign-born population was 3.4% during the same time period (American Immigration Council, 2017). In addition, NH and Maine are designated refugee resettlement areas. NH is now home to refugees from over 40 countries (NH DHHS, 2010) and Maine is home to refugees from over 30 countries (Catholic Charities Refugee and Immigration Services, 2015).


What Youths With Autism Spectrum Disorder And Their Parents Want From Social Competence Programs, Jeffrey Wh Maccormack Jun 2017

What Youths With Autism Spectrum Disorder And Their Parents Want From Social Competence Programs, Jeffrey Wh Maccormack

Exceptionality Education International

Program designers develop a wide range of intervention programs to address the social challenges faced by children and youth with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) but it is not clear how those programs are perceived by families of youth with ASD and the extent to which those programs are accessed. To explore the perceptions of families of youth with ASD, 12 youths with ASD and 15 of their parents participated in 45–60 minute interviews about social intervention programs and completed the Social Responsiveness Scale, Second Edition. According to the families, the social programs created to help youth with ASD to ...


Social Work Students Ability To Identify Signs Of Autism In Children, Heather Nicole Hopkins Jun 2017

Social Work Students Ability To Identify Signs Of Autism In Children, Heather Nicole Hopkins

Electronic Theses, Projects, and Dissertations

The purpose of this study was to examine the ability of students in the Master of Social Work (MSW) program to correctly identify signs of autism in children by completing a survey. This research project was conducted in collaboration with California State University, San Bernardino (CSUSB) and the MSW program by using MSW students as participants. The study used a survey designed with items that measured the knowledge of participants. The results of this study may be beneficial to the Director of Social Work, future MSW students, and professors to examine how well the current MSW program is preparing students ...


Developmental Impact Of Inclusion Classrooms On Autism Spectrum Disorder: A Systematic Review, Emily E. Aller May 2017

Developmental Impact Of Inclusion Classrooms On Autism Spectrum Disorder: A Systematic Review, Emily E. Aller

Master of Social Work Clinical Research Papers

This systematic review examines the developmental impact inclusion classrooms have on children diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). An extensive review of current literature resulted in nine articles included in this study. The common themes identified in the literature include: social interaction; teacher preparedness; impact of age on education; and individuality of education. Results indicated that the educational setting alone does not impact the development of children with ASD. Further research needs to be completed in order to fill the gap in literature regarding the cognitive developmental impact educational settings produce and determinants of the best educational setting for children ...


Reaching Local Community With The Message Of Developmental Milestones And Early Identification Of Autism, Hope M. Duncanson Apr 2017

Reaching Local Community With The Message Of Developmental Milestones And Early Identification Of Autism, Hope M. Duncanson

Poster Presentations

This poster presents project activities for a pilot program for effectively distributing Learn the Signs, Act Early materials to a small study group in a community in Maine.


Developmental Impact Of Inclusion Classrooms On Autism Spectrum Disorder: A Systematic Review, Emily E. Aller Jan 2017

Developmental Impact Of Inclusion Classrooms On Autism Spectrum Disorder: A Systematic Review, Emily E. Aller

Social Work Master’s Clinical Research Papers

This systematic review examines the developmental impact inclusion classrooms have on children diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). An extensive review of current literature resulted in nine articles included in this study. The common themes identified in the literature include: social interaction; teacher preparedness; impact of age on education; and individuality of education. Results indicated that the educational setting alone does not impact the development of children with ASD. Further research needs to be completed in order to fill the gap in literature regarding the cognitive developmental impact educational settings produce and determinants of the best educational setting for children ...


Somali Parents And Their Perceptions Of The Autism Spectrum Disorder Diagnosis, Aragsan Samatar May 2016

Somali Parents And Their Perceptions Of The Autism Spectrum Disorder Diagnosis, Aragsan Samatar

Master of Social Work Clinical Research Papers

The design of this research study is a qualitative methodology utilizing semi- structured interviews. The purpose of this study was to explore specifically how Somali parents experience, perceive, and understand their child’s diagnosis, the diagnostic process, and treatment services. A total of four Somali parents were interviewed for this research study. Following the interviews, themes that were identified during the analysis process involve understanding of autism, support, and feelings during the diagnostic process, self- advocacy and education. The themes discovered in this study were similar to many of the key themes present in the Autism and Somali related literature ...


The Challenge Of Divergent Diagnosis In Relation To Diagnosing High Functioning Autism, Mallori Avery Sheik May 2016

The Challenge Of Divergent Diagnosis In Relation To Diagnosing High Functioning Autism, Mallori Avery Sheik

Master of Social Work Clinical Research Papers

Autism diagnosis is on the rise, yet there continues to be no specific characteristics or symptoms connected to high functioning autism in how it presents or varies in presentation in primary school aged children. A qualitative exploratory study was conducted using in depth interviews to examine characteristics and symptoms presented by primary school aged children, components of an accurate assessment, training of professionals diagnosing and assessing, and looking at why there continues to be divergent diagnosis among professionals and across settings. Themes that emerged from the data were assessment process, barriers to the assessment process, presentation of HFA, professional judgment ...


Somali Parents And Their Perceptions Of The Autism Spectrum Disorder Diagnosis, Aragsan Samatar Jan 2016

Somali Parents And Their Perceptions Of The Autism Spectrum Disorder Diagnosis, Aragsan Samatar

Social Work Master’s Clinical Research Papers

The design of this research study is a qualitative methodology utilizing semi-structured interviews. The purpose of this study was to explore specifically how Somali parents experience, perceive, and understand their child's diagnosis, the diagnostic process, and treatment services. A total of four Somali parents were interviewed for this research study. Following the interviews, themes that were identified during the analysis process involve understanding of autism, support, and feelings during the diagnostic process, self-advocacy and education. The themes discovered in this study were similar to many of the key themes present in the Autism and Somali related literature. However, the ...


The Challenge Of Divergent Diagnosis In Relation To Diagnosing High Functioning Autism, Mallori Avery Sheik Jan 2016

The Challenge Of Divergent Diagnosis In Relation To Diagnosing High Functioning Autism, Mallori Avery Sheik

Social Work Master’s Clinical Research Papers

Autism diagnosis is on the rise, yet there continues to be no specific characteristics or symptoms connected to high functioning autism in how it presents or varies in presentation in primary school aged children. A qualitative exploratory study was conducted using in depth interviews to examine characteristics and symptoms presented by primary school aged children, components of an accurate assessment, training of professionals diagnosing and assessing, and looking at why there continues to be divergent diagnosis among professionals and across settings. Themes that emerged from the data were assessment process, barriers to the assessment process, presentation of HFA, professional judgment ...


Autism And The Impact Of The Siblings’ Identities, Marya Dumke May 2015

Autism And The Impact Of The Siblings’ Identities, Marya Dumke

Master of Social Work Clinical Research Papers

Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) can be an overwhelming experience for the caregivers and families of those diagnosed. According to estimates from Centers for Disease Control’s (CDC) Autism and Developmental Disabilities Monitoring (ADDM) Network, about 1 in 88 children have been identified with an autism spectrum disorder. This is a small, qualitative study that explores the impact ASD has on siblings and their identity development. Previous research regarding this subject has focused primarily on the sibling’s stress and experiences when growing up with a child diagnosed with ASD. However, there is little to no literature on ASD impact on ...


School Social Workers’ Role In Supporting Parents Of A Child With Autism, Maureen V. Foster May 2015

School Social Workers’ Role In Supporting Parents Of A Child With Autism, Maureen V. Foster

Master of Social Work Clinical Research Papers

This quantitative research study explored the role of the school social worker in supporting parents of a child with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Surveys were emailed to members of the Minnesota School Social Workers Association. Participants were asked to complete the survey if they worked as a school social worker and supported students with ASD. The survey investigated the impact of an ASD diagnosis on the parental stress and what role school social workers had in supporting parents’ needs. The objective of this study was to gain a better understanding of the school social workers’ role and identify what supports ...


Parents Perceptions Of Autism Spectrum Disorder, Katelyn Retaskie May 2015

Parents Perceptions Of Autism Spectrum Disorder, Katelyn Retaskie

Master of Social Work Clinical Research Papers

This study examines the parents of children with autism spectrum disorder perspectives on the initial diagnosis. This research is of qualitative design in which four mothers of children with autism were asked a series of interview questions. The results indicate an emotional impact on not only the mothers, but the family as a whole. In addition the results indicate a need for more education around the topic of autism itself. Implications for social work indicate a need for change at the micro, mezzo, and macro levels.


Supporting Families Of Children With Autism Spectrum Disorder, Marnie Tuenge May 2015

Supporting Families Of Children With Autism Spectrum Disorder, Marnie Tuenge

Master of Social Work Clinical Research Papers

This qualitative research study examines the challenges that families of children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) face when implementing their child’s treatment objectives. Likewise, this study investigates which strategies families utilize to actively participate in family skill objectives to implement their child’s treatment plan. Three caregivers (two women and one man) were recruited from around the state of Minnesota to participate in this study. A series of open-ended and scaled questions were asked of participants and the interviews were audio-taped for transcribing purposes. A literature review was written to highlight some of the expressed challenges and strategies families ...


The Experiences Of Latino Parents As They Navigate Care For A Child With Autism, Emily Tibbetts May 2015

The Experiences Of Latino Parents As They Navigate Care For A Child With Autism, Emily Tibbetts

Master of Social Work Clinical Research Papers

This qualitative study explored the experiences of Latino caregivers as they navigate care for a child with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Six caregivers participated in a semi-standardized interview containing 14 questions. The data obtained was analyzed using a phenomenological approach to find common themes in the participants’ experiences. Findings were organized into two broad themes and sub-themes of positive experiences with service access and delivery and negative experiences with service access and delivery. The sub-themes of positive experiences were as follows: communication, support systems, collaboration, education, and luck. The sub-themes of negative experiences were language access and interpretation, lack of ...


Effectiveness Of Proloquo2goTm In Enhancing Communication In Children With Autism During Aba Therapy, Taylor Eastin Krcek May 2015

Effectiveness Of Proloquo2goTm In Enhancing Communication In Children With Autism During Aba Therapy, Taylor Eastin Krcek

Doctoral Dissertations

Autism is a bio-neurological developmental disorder presenting in early childhood that has a profound effect on an individual's ability to communicate. The iPad® with the Proloquo2GoTM app is a multilingual Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) solution designed to assist people who have difficulty speaking or cannot speak at all. This study examines the effectiveness of the Proloquo2GoTM app delivered via iPad® to enhance the tacting, manding, and verbal completion repertoires of children with autism. Participants included five children between the ages of three and four years old diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and with low ...


The Experiences Of Latino Parents As They Navigate Care For A Child With Autism, Emily Tibbetts Jan 2015

The Experiences Of Latino Parents As They Navigate Care For A Child With Autism, Emily Tibbetts

Social Work Master’s Clinical Research Papers

This qualitative study explored the experiences of Latino caregivers as they navigate care for a child with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Six caregivers participated in a semi-standardized interview containing 14 questions. The data obtained was analyzed using a phenomenological approach to find common themes in the participants' experiences. Findings were organized into two broad themes and sub-themes of positive experiences with service access and delivery and negative experiences with service access and delivery. The sub-themes of positive experiences were as follows: communication, support systems, collaboration, education, and luck. The sub-themes of negative experiences were language access and interpretation, lack of ...


Supporting Families Of Children With Autism Spectrum Disorder, Marnie Tuenge Jan 2015

Supporting Families Of Children With Autism Spectrum Disorder, Marnie Tuenge

Social Work Master’s Clinical Research Papers

This qualitative research study examines the challenges that families of children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) face when implementing their child's treatment objectives. Likewise, this study investigates which strategies families utilize to actively participate in family skill objectives to implement their child's treatment plan. Three caregivers (two women and one man) were recruited from around the state of Minnesota to participate in this study. A series of open-ended and scaled questions were asked of participants and the interviews were audio-taped for transcribing purposes. A literature review was written to highlight some of the expressed challenges and strategies families ...


Autism And The Impact Of The Siblings' Identities, Marya Dumke Jan 2015

Autism And The Impact Of The Siblings' Identities, Marya Dumke

Social Work Master’s Clinical Research Papers

Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) can be an overwhelming experience for the caregivers and families of those diagnosed. According to estimates from Centers for Disease Control's (CDC) Autism and Developmental Disabilities Monitoring (ADDM) Network, about 1 in 88 children have been identified with an autism spectrum disorder. This is a small, qualitative study that explores the impact ASD has on siblings and their identity development. Previous research regarding this subject has focused primarily on the sibling's stress and experiences when growing up with a child diagnosed with ASD. However, there is little to no literature on ASD impact on ...


School Social Workers' Role In Supporting Parents Of A Child With Autism, Maureen V. Foster Jan 2015

School Social Workers' Role In Supporting Parents Of A Child With Autism, Maureen V. Foster

Social Work Master’s Clinical Research Papers

This quantitative research study explored the role of the school social worker in supporting parents of a child with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Surveys were emailed to members of the Minnesota School Social Workers Association. Participants were asked to complete the survey if they worked as a school social worker and supported students with ASD. The survey investigated the impact of an ASD diagnosis on the parental stress and what role school social workers had in supporting parents' needs. The objective of this study was to gain a better understanding of the school social workers' role and identify what supports ...


Parents Perceptions Of Autism Spectrum Disorder, Katelyn Retaskie Jan 2015

Parents Perceptions Of Autism Spectrum Disorder, Katelyn Retaskie

Social Work Master’s Clinical Research Papers

This study examines the parents of children with autism spectrum disorder perspectives on the initial diagnosis. This research is of qualitative design in which four mothers of children with autism were asked a series of interview questions. The results indicate an emotional impact on not only the mothers, but the family as a whole. In addition the results indicate a need for more education around the topic of autism itself. Implications for social work indicate a need for change at the micro, mezzo, and macro levels.


"Where's The Support?": An Exploratory Study Of Supports For Primary Caregivers Of Children With Autism Spectrum Disorder In The Toronto Region, Nicole H. Siron Jan 2015

"Where's The Support?": An Exploratory Study Of Supports For Primary Caregivers Of Children With Autism Spectrum Disorder In The Toronto Region, Nicole H. Siron

Theses and Dissertations (Comprehensive)

The experience of being a caregiver of a child with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is complicated and fraught with obstacles. Presently, we do not know how to support caregivers adequately. In this thesis, I explore the supports that exist for primary caregivers of children with ASD in the Toronto region, with the goal of examining caregiver experience when accessing supports. The literature that I reviewed highlighted the importance of examining the caregiver experience by acknowledging that caregivers of children with ASD experience elevated levels of stress. This review made it clear that by not addressing how to support caregivers, the ...


The Experiences Of Families With A Child Diagnosed With Autism, Lauren M. Snyder Jan 2014

The Experiences Of Families With A Child Diagnosed With Autism, Lauren M. Snyder

Social Work Master’s Clinical Research Papers

This qualitative research study explored the experiences of families who have a child diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Surveys were sent out to families at a local agency, and seven parents responded. The survey investigated the impact of the child’s diagnosis on the parental relationship, stress levels, feelings of social support, and self-care techniques. The objective of this study was to gain a better understanding of the experiences of these families with an autistic child, and to gain insight into where they need more support from professionals in the field. The content of the surveys was transcribed, coded ...


Perspectives On Living Situations For Children With Classic Autism, Meghan Constantini Jan 2014

Perspectives On Living Situations For Children With Classic Autism, Meghan Constantini

Social Work Master’s Clinical Research Papers

The purpose of this qualitative study was to interview parents of children with severe autism and professionals work in residential settings to understand their perspectives of living situations for children with severe autism. Challenging behaviors occur with more frequency and intensity in children with severe autism. Living situations have been shown to have a negative impact on behaviors and the quality of life of a child with autism, as a typical home setting can be over stimulating and overwhelming to children with autism due to the nature of their diagnosis. (Nasir & Tahir, 2012). Findings from previous research show that children ...


Visual Media And Asd: Impact On Social Interactions Of Adolescents, Audra J. Hanly Jan 2014

Visual Media And Asd: Impact On Social Interactions Of Adolescents, Audra J. Hanly

Social Work Master’s Clinical Research Papers

There’s a wealth of research that provides evidence of an association between visual media and behavior problems among typically developing children. However, no research was located that examines the association between these variables in adolescents with ASDs. This current study begins to fill this gap in literature while examining possible positive effects of visual media on social behavior through the following research question: What effect does visual media have on the social interactions of adolescents with autism spectrum disorders? The design of the present study was a cross-sectional, quantitative study in which twenty participants completed an online questionnaire.

The ...