Challenges faced by parents who have children with special needs:

Sub Title: a Gawad Kalinga case.

Author: Gulane, Rose Ann C. et.al

Accession Number: 813

Class No: AV-UGT

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Copyright Year: 2016

Abstract:

This qualitative research was conducted using an interview guide questionnaire to discover the challenges faced by parents who have children with special needs. Specifically, this study sought answers to the following questions: (1) What are the challenges faced by the parents with children with special needs? (2) What are the best practices of parents to support their children with special needs? and (3) How do parents cope with the challenges they encounter? Two parents who have children with special needs were purposively identified as respondents of the study. Data were gathered through in depth interviews, cell phone recordings, and group discussions. A duly validated interview guide constructed by the researchers was used during interviews. Data were gathered, transcribed, and interpreted to find out and draw the conclusions, findings and recommendations. Results showed that the challenges of parents ranged from their own inadequacy to deal with their child’s special need, finances to support the medication and the prejudice of people in and outside the village. Support is the best practice through various entities such as local government unit and private sectors, but most of all the strong family ties and acceptance made them more resilient despite the challenges met. They realized the problems can be minimized or solved through ways of coping such as joining in support group for Person with Disabilities (PWD). Others could be in the form of dialogue, acceptance, respect, love and understanding of the child, but most of all they resorted to prayer as the source of strength in the hard times of life.


Keywords: Challenges of parents, Children with special needs

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