Parents' Perception of Diagnostic Reports and Conferences The purpose of this study was to evaluate parents' reactions and understanding of diagnostic information from written reports and conferences in a clinic which provides multidisciplinary evaluations for children with speech, learning, language, and hearing problems. Previous studies and anecdotal reports suggested that many parents do not receive appropriate diagnostic ... Research Article
Research Article  |   April 01, 1983
Parents' Perception of Diagnostic Reports and Conferences
 
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  • Betty U. Watson and Ronald W. Thompson are both affiliated with The Boys Town Institute for Communication Disorders in Children, 555 North 30th Street, Omaha, NE 68131. Requests for reprints should be sent to Betty Watson at this address.
    Betty U. Watson and Ronald W. Thompson are both affiliated with The Boys Town Institute for Communication Disorders in Children, 555 North 30th Street, Omaha, NE 68131. Requests for reprints should be sent to Betty Watson at this address.×
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Research Article   |   April 01, 1983
Parents' Perception of Diagnostic Reports and Conferences
Language, Speech, and Hearing Services in Schools, April 1983, Vol. 14, 114-120. doi:10.1044/0161-1461.1402.114
History: Received July 20, 1981 , Accepted December 17, 1981
 
Language, Speech, and Hearing Services in Schools, April 1983, Vol. 14, 114-120. doi:10.1044/0161-1461.1402.114
History: Received July 20, 1981; Accepted December 17, 1981

The purpose of this study was to evaluate parents' reactions and understanding of diagnostic information from written reports and conferences in a clinic which provides multidisciplinary evaluations for children with speech, learning, language, and hearing problems. Previous studies and anecdotal reports suggested that many parents do not receive appropriate diagnostic information about their children. In the present study questionnaires were mailed to parents who had received reports of evaluations and most of whom had attended hour-long conferences covering the findings. Questionnaires were also sent to professionals who had received reports. Fifty-seven percent of the parents, and 63% of the professionals returned the questionnaires. Ninety percent of the parents indicated that they had understood the results as they were presented in the conference. Ninety-three percent of the professionals and 89% of the parents stated they understood the conclusions of the written reports .Further, 83% of the parents and 80% of the professionals reported that the findings had made a change in the child's educational or medical treatment. The percentage of parents who reported understanding the findings was greater than expected. The specific informing techniques used in this study are discussed.

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