Date of Award

5-2011

Degree Type

Masters Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)

Department

Curriculum, Instruction, and Special Education

Committee Chair

Chuck West

Committee Chair Department

Curriculum, Instruction, and Special Education

Committee Member 2

Hollie Filce

Committee Member 2 Department

Curriculum, Instruction, and Special Education

Committee Member 3

Sheila Brookes

Committee Member 3 Department

Curriculum, Instruction, and Special Education

Abstract

This thesis is an in-depth review of the literature addressing parental struggles, attitudes, and perceptions of barriers in obtaining services for young children with special needs. Researchers, policy makers, and educators need to be aware of how families identify and report their experiences with obtaining services for their young children. Service providers for young children and families with special needs must understand the perspective of the family in order to better serve the children and families. Implementations for future research, practice, and policy changes are discussed.

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