Parent Satisfaction With the Parent-Provider Partnership and Therapy Service Delivery for Children With Disabilities During COVID-19: Associations With Sociodemographic Variables

Ashley N. Murphy*, Ellie Bruckner, Linzy M. Pinkerton, Heather J. Risser

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Abstract

Introduction: The novel coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) significantly disrupted therapy service delivery for children with disabilities and their families. Parents of children with disabilities have been particularly impacted as a large degree of responsibility has been placed on them to both manage and deliver therapies remotely. However, little is known regarding whether sociodemographic factors are associated with parents’ perceptions of therapy service delivery during COVID-19. This study explored the relationship between sociodemographic factors and parents’ satisfaction with therapies for children with disabilities during COVID-19. Method: Two hundred seven parents of children with disabilities completed an online survey battery that included the Family-Provider Partnership Scale and sociodemographic characteristics and assessed their satisfaction with their child[ren]’s therapies during COVID-19. Results: Access to telehealth, receipt of only school-based therapies, parent education, number of household essential workers, and total number of children were associated with satisfaction with therapy service and/or the family-provider partnership. Discussion: By better understanding the association between sociodemographic factors and parent perception of therapy service delivery, providers can better support families in optimizing service delivery during the remainder of COVID-19 mitigation efforts and during future periods of service disruption.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)92-100
Number of pages9
JournalFamilies, Systems and Health
Volume41
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 16 2022

Keywords

  • coronavirus
  • disability health services
  • early intervention
  • special education
  • telehealth

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychiatry and Mental health
  • Applied Psychology

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