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- ItemChildren with autism disorder receiving applied behaviour analysis therapy : parents’ experiences(Stellenbosch : Stellenbosch University, 2012-12) Linden, Paola Maria; Collair, Lynette; Stellenbosch University. Faculty of Education. Dept. of Educational Psychology.ENGLISH ABSTRACT: The purpose of this study was to explore the experiences of parents who have a child previously diagnosed with autistic disorder who is following or has in the past followed an intensive Applied Behaviour Analysis programme. Parents willingly participated in this research study. The aim of this study was to explore parents' experiences and the various challenges they face. This study also focuses on support and coping strategies experienced by parents. Parents were also asked to provide ideas for support strategies, coping strategies and advice to other parents who may be embarking on a similar journey. A literature review was conducted in order to obtain perspective on research conducted in this field. I fulfilled the dual role of researcher and trainee educational psychologist. The interpretive paradigm was chosen as the framework for this study and the data was gathered by means of semi-structured interviews and written reflections. This research report describes a variety of experiences that parents underwent and the repercussions thereof. Suggestions were made and parents shared advice and support strategies to help other parents who have a child with autism who may decide to embark on an intensive ABA programme.