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Am J Intellect Dev Disabil. 2012 Jul;117(4):316-30. doi: 10.1352/1944-7558-117.4.316.

An evaluation of school involvement and satisfaction of parents of children with autism spectrum disorders.

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  • 1Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Mental Health, Baltimore, MD 21205, USA.


Parental school involvement and satisfaction are unstudied in families raising a child with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD). To fill this gap, the current study utilized a national sample of families (N  =  8,978) from the 2007 Parent and Family Involvement in Education survey ( U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, 2006-2007 ). Parents of children with ASDs were found to be more likely than parents of children without the disorder to attend parent-teacher conferences, meet with school guidance counselors, and help with homework. Parents of children with ASD were also more dissatisfied with the level of communication provided by the school. There was a significant positive correlation between parental school involvement and parental school satisfaction. These findings have important implications for how schools interact with families with children with ASD.

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