Author Date

2020-08-09

Degree Name

BA

Department

Psychology

College

Family, Home, and Social Sciences

Defense Date

2020-07-27

Publication Date

2020-08-09

First Faculty Advisor

Rebecca Lundwall

First Faculty Reader

Kat Green

Honors Coordinator

Bruce Brown

Keywords

developmental delay, resources, children, siblings

Abstract

The benefits of early intervention for children with developmental delays is widely documented in the current literature (Goode et al., 2011; Koegel et al., 2014; Roberts & Kaiser, 2015; Smith et al., 2000). There is, however, a lack of research on what parents experience when accessing resources for their child with a developmental delay and younger siblings who may be at risk for a developmental delay. Through face to face qualitative interviews, the current study examined parent awareness of and experience accessing desired resources for children with developmental delays and their younger siblings. Through thematic analysis, four themes emerged: (a) positive experiences with external resources, (b) difficulty accessing external resources, (c) negative impact on family, and (d) positive impact on family. Implications, limitations, and directions for future research of the study are discussed.

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