Satisfaction of Parents of Children With Autism Spectrum Disorder Toward Physical Education Teachers
Keywords:autism spectrum disorder, parents, satisfaction, physical education, inclusion
AbstractThis study explored the satisfaction of parents of children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) toward physical education/adapted physical education (PE/APE) teachers using the Parent Perceptions Toward Adapted Physical Education Teachers (PPTAPET) survey (Columna, Cook, Foley, & Bailey, 2014) and examined the influence of related variables. Forty-one parents completed the PPTAPET. Most parents were satisfied or strongly satisfied regarding items associated with communication (n = 23, 56%), qualification (n = 23, 56%), and rapport (n = 25, 61%) subtests. Instructional placement of the child was correlated with communication (p = .012), qualification (p = .015), and rapport (p = .009). In addition, parents reported lower satisfaction in communication (p = .009), qualification (p = .017), and rapport (p = .011) when their child was educated in fully inclusive PE/APE compared to non-fully inclusive PE/APE. These results suggest that teachers should account for parent satisfaction when making decisions for instructional placements for children with ASD. More research is suggested to further analyze the satisfaction of parents of children with ASD.Subscribe to TPE
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