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#1 of 7 Old 01-27-2013, 06:01 PM - Thread Starter
 
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Hi there,
 
I'm Olivia Joyce, a senior at Union College. Since September I have been conducting a senior project in Psychology. My work at a special needs camp, Camp Paul (Chelmsford, MA), and at a special needs school, Wildwood (Schenectady, NY), inspired me to further investigate special needs and potentially pursue a career in education. 
 
My senior project aims to understand the ways in which the relationship between typically developing siblings, and special needs siblings effect a mother's stress level. In order to study such trends I have been working to distribute a small survey to mothers of children with special needs. 
 
If you're interested in taking this short survey (~5-10 minutes to complete) please follow this link  https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/unioncollegepsychology
 
I would be happy to answer any questions through my email joyceo@garnet.union.edu!
 
Thank you!
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I took the survey. I do have a suggestion.. many of the questions assume the disabled child is verbal. Perhaps there should be a question pertaining to if your child has language skills. :)


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I have another suggestion. Some of the questions arent clear if you mean "at this time" or "ever." For example, my DD had tons of speech therapy, but it was a long time ago. I wasnt sure what you were looking for.

but everything has pros and cons  shrug.gif

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Interesting observation! I'll consider that and try to make it more cohesive.

 

Thank you for taking the time to respond to my survey!

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Great suggestion! I'll look into amending that. Thank you for your time!

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Hmm, I did this but I'm not sure how useful my answers are.  For example, I answered that my typical child has low self-control.. and he does compared to many other kids, but he's 3, so I think he's pretty normal for 3, you know?  Also the section on stress didn't specify whether the stress to be reported was related to my kid or not.... rather than to, say, having my MIL visit for 10 days. :)


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Thank you for your help and response! I understand that it might seem that your answers are not 'helpful' but in fact the way that I'll analyze the data will take into account sibling age and appropriate behaviors and would compare your family to similar families. Thanks again! 

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