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Title:The space between: Current practices and perceptions regarding trauma-informed supports and special education services
Author(s):Miller, Deserai
Director of Research:Santos, Rosa
Doctoral Committee Chair(s):Santos, Rosa
Doctoral Committee Member(s):Ostrosky, Michaelene; Corr, Catherine P.; Lindsey, Brenda
Department / Program:Special Education
Discipline:Special Education
Degree Granting Institution:University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Subject(s):Trauma-informed care, special education
Abstract:Children are experiencing abuse and neglect at higher rates than ever before. There is a direct link between child maltreatment and negative educational outcomes, yet current research suggests school professionals are unprepared to provide appropriate support. Furthermore, children are four times more likely to receive special education services if they have experienced abuse and neglect, and young children are at the greatest risk. However, little research has been conducted that directly considers early childhood special education professionals in providing trauma-informed special education services. Through a constructivist lens, 18 school social workers and 17 early childhood special education teachers participated in six focus groups where current practices, facilitators, and barriers experienced by early childhood special education providers when providing trauma-informed support were examined. To achieve a deeper understanding, school social worker and early childhood special education teacher data were initially analyzed separately, and then a comparative analysis was conducted to examine similarities and differences across groups. Implications for research, policy, and practice are discussed.
Issue Date:2018-08-14
Rights Information:Copyright 2018 Deserai Miller
Date Available in IDEALS:2019-02-07
Date Deposited:2018-12

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