Impact of the orientation program on sexuality among parents of children with intellectual and developmental disabilities
Author(s): Ms. Madhavi Sharma and Dr. Mohini Tewari
Abstract: Parents of persons with intellectual and developmental disabilities are usually distressed by the progressive deteriorating conditions of their children with differential abilities. Children of parents with intellectual disabilities are considered to be at risk for child neglect, and developmental and behavioral problems, due to parenting skill deficits. Years of research have demonstrated that parents with intellectual disabilities can be taught a variety of parenting skills through behavioral skills training with corresponding benefits to their children. Whereas the parents play a prima facie role in the upliftment of their children from the day they are born. On knowing the condition of their child after birth they face the vicious cycle of denial, shock, and worthlessness. This condition creates negative perceptions and stigmatizes them to the condition. They start searching for gainful resources from where they could find some practical solution for their child. In this scenario, some parents show optimism whereas some are pessimistic about the present situation they are dwelt in. The professionals in the field of disability rehabilitation play a significant role in this crisis situation of parents, helping them to resolve the issue, empowering them to come out of the crisis situation, and molding their perception positively towards the cause, by facilitating their active participation in various training programs. Parents from their own seek various training resources to meet the challenges with regard to their child with special needs. Throughout the world, there are various kinds of training programs that are aimed to reconcile the challenging situation of parents having children with different abilities. The present study seeks to understand the underlying factors that facilitate the participation of parents of children with special needs. In this study, 100 such parents including 14 fathers and 86 mothers were studied using group and single case design that includes direct observation of the parenting behavior of parents with Intellectual and developmental disabilities with IQs ranging from 35 to 49 from the preschool and primary group of students. The study is restricted to the city of Secunderabad.
Ms. Madhavi Sharma, Dr. Mohini Tewari. Impact of the orientation program on sexuality among parents of children with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Int J Adv Acad Stud 2022;4(4):165-168. DOI: 10.33545/27068919.2022.v4.i4c.893