Author(s)

Paige Appelt

Date Approved

7-16-2015

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

M.A. School Psychology-Professional School Psychology

Department

Educational Services, Administration, and Higher Education

College

College of Education

First Advisor

Allen, Terri

Subject(s)

Parents of children with disabilities;Autism spectrum disorders in children;Communicative disorders in children

Disciplines

Child Psychology | Student Counseling and Personnel Services

Abstract

Children diagnosed with a communication disorder that is comorbid with an autism spectrum disorder frequently present additional symptoms to the communication deficit; the additional symptoms of an ASD could be linked to an increase of stress experienced by parents of such children (Gardiner & Iarocci, 2012). The purpose of this study is to determine if there is a difference of stress levels in parents of children with communication disorders versus parents of children with communication disorders comorbid with autism spectrum disorder. Participants included 15 parents of children with communication disorders with or without an ASD who completed The Parental Stress Scale (Berry & Jones, 1995). A non-Mparametric independent samples TM test was conducted for statistical analysis of collected data. Results showed that the difference of stress levels between the two groups of parents is significantly different. Implications and limitations of this study are discussed further.

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