Therapeutic and support services provision for children with dual intellectual disability and emotional and/or behavioural difficulties in Christchurch, New Zealand
Degree GrantorUniversity of Canterbury
Degree NameMaster of Education
Therapeutic and support services provision for children with dual intellectual disability and emotional and/or behavioural difficulties was evaluated in the present study. The participants were parents of children with dual disabilities, aged between 5 and 12 and attending mainstream schools in Christchurch, New Zealand, and managers of service providers for the target group. Parents and service managers partook in semi-structured interviews designed to obtain information about patterns of service provision. The results of the present study indicate that parents and managers had similar perceptions of the extent to which services in Christchurch currently met the needs of the target children and families. Additionally, the study functioned as a pilot of the design and methods for a potential future project; therefore parent participants also completed two checklists estimating their child’s adaptive functioning and the type and severity of their emotional and/or behavioural difficulties.