Satisfaction of Parents of Children With Autism Spectrum Disorder Toward Physical Education Teachers

Authors

  • Jihyun Lee San Jose State University
  • Justin A. Haegele Old Dominion University
  • Seung Ho Chang San Jose State University

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.18666/TPE-2017-V74-I4-7245

Keywords:

autism spectrum disorder, parents, satisfaction, physical education, inclusion

Abstract

This 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

Author Biographies

Jihyun Lee, San Jose State University

Assistant Professor, Department of Kinesiology

Justin A. Haegele, Old Dominion University

Assistant Professor, Department of Human Movement Science

Seung Ho Chang, San Jose State University

Assistant Professor, Department of Kinesiology

Published

2017-11-16

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