LIVED EXPERIENCES OF PARENTS OF CHILDREN WITH AUTISM SPECTRUM DISORDER IN AN ADAPTIVE SPORTS PROGRAM: A QUALITATIVE EXPLORATION, THE
The purpose of this phenomenological study is to develop an understanding of the lived experiences of parents whose children with autism realized a sense of belonging through participation in adaptive youth sports. This research centers on children with autism who participated in a successful sports program. Parents discussed the benefits of participation and the sense of belonging the program helped their children realize. The essence of the findings revealed the parents experienced their children’s existence as one of innocence, beauty, and challenges cloaked behind an armor of coping mechanisms ...
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