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25% of Mothers Wonder Whether Special Needs Evaluation is Needed for Their Child

  • Published: 2014-03-11 (Revised/Updated 2017-11-17) : Author: Parents : Contact:
  • Synopsis: Report Life in a Special Needs World - A study of moms of children with special needs comparing their opinions on health and happiness of children in their communities.

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"76 percent of mothers of kids with special needs say that their school meets their child's needs."

Parents Magazine Study Reveals One In Four Moms Wonder Whether A Special Needs Evaluation Is Needed For Their Child - "Life in a Special-Needs World" Exclusive Report Explores Health and Happiness of Children of All Abilities.

Parents magazine today revealed exclusive results from a study of moms of children with special needs and those whose children are typically developing, comparing their opinions on the health and happiness of children in their communities. The study results are featured in a 20-page special report entitled, "Life in a Special-Needs World," in the April 2014 issue of Parents.

"Nearly one in six children in the U.S. is reported as having a disability and the most recent data shows that one in 88 kids has a diagnosis of autism," said Dana Points, Editor-in-Chief of Parents. "As special-needs diagnoses become increasingly common, it's important that all parents better understand how their children are co-existing in our schools and communities. By sharing experiences, cultivating understanding, and maintaining an open dialog, every parent can help kids of all abilities thrive."

The study's most enlightening findings included:

Partnering with Quester, a research company based in Des Moines, Parents magazine interviewed nearly 500 moms of children ages 3 to 12, roughly divided between those whose kids have special needs and those whose kids are typically developing. Parents used the "Individuals with Disabilities Education Act" - the federal special education law - as a guideline to define which diagnoses fell into the special needs group. These diagnoses included:

The study kicks off the special section "Life in a Special-Needs World" which includes real-world advice from parents on navigating the system; a father's perspective on managing a family when a member has special needs; an eye-opening tale of friendship and autism; a guide to forward-thinking vacation destinations that accommodate people with special needs in wonderful ways; and a photo essay showcasing kids with special needs alongside their family and friends. Parent videos and family testimonials are available online and through the tablet edition of the magazine. The issue's cover features a pair of siblings who have autism.

Parents was founded in 1926 and, along with American Baby, FamilyFun, and Ser Padres, makes up the Meredith Parents Network portfolio of parenthood brands. Parents is the leading voice for a community of more than 15 million moms who are engaged and inspired by the brand's trusted content. In turn, these moms enlighten and inspire others by joining ongoing conversations about parenthood via as well through Parents' robust presence on Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, Instagram and Tumblr. Parents is dedicated to engaging and inspiring moms with the information they need, wherever they go.

Quester believes in being smarter, in solving puzzles, and understanding people to bring untapped knowledge to organizations. Employing psychiatric interviewing techniques, Quester's technology guides respondents to tell stories that shed light to the human psyche. By conducting and linguistically analyzing hundreds or thousands of interviews at a time, Quester brings depth and confidence to a single phase of research. Integrating quantitative design and analysis brings the industry's truest form of hybrid quali-quant research. Quester is a non-traditional research firm that marries the brilliance of linguists with the efficiencies of technology to deeply understand thoughts, feelings, opinions, perceptions, and experiences.

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