Date of Award
Master of Science
Terra B Smith
The purpose of this research was to assess educational needs of parents of children with intellectual and developmental disabiliies (IDD) and define the availability of resources for children with IDD who experience feeding disorders in Shelby County. Participants were primary caregivers of a child beween three and 18 years with IDD who experience a feeding disorder. A questionnaire of quantitative and qualitative responses was distributed to members of the Special Education Parent Teacher Alliance of Shelby County and Support and Training for Exceptional Parents in Tennessee. The questionnaire reached 665 potential participants. Eight participants responded to the survey, The majority of the participants do not believe Shelby County is meeting needs in providing accessible services for feeding disorders. Conclusively, Shelby County may not be providing accessible services for children with IDD and feeding disorders. However the response rate was limited therefore more research should be completed analyzing the community's needs.
dissertation or thesis originally submitted to the local University of Memphis Electronic Theses & dissertation (ETD) Repository.
Welborne, Laurel A., "Assessment of Parents Educational Needs and the Availability of Resources for Feeding Children with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities" (2013). Electronic Theses and Dissertations. 838.