A 35-item parent survey was developed to assess the functional needs of parents with young handicapped children. A rationale for scale development and content is presented. Data from 34 two-parent families with handicapped infants suggest that the instrument is a useful source of intervention goals. Several items emerged as high priority needs for mothers and fathers. Addition of an open-ended response format provided a considerable amount of useful information. A readministration of the measure 6 months later with a subset of 20 families yielded high correlations. Implications of these findings for clinicians working with families of young handicapped children are discussed.
Assessing needs of families with handicapped infants
Bailey, D., & Simeonsson, RJ. (1988). Assessing needs of families with handicapped infants. Journal of Special Education, 22(1), 117-127. https://doi.org/10.1177/002246698802200113