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Master of Social Work (MSW)
Susan M. Watt
Children diagnosed with Tourette Spectrum Disorders (TSD) have multifaceted needs. Dwindling resources in children's mental health services have lead to decreased services and increased wait times. Children with complex mental health needs and their families are greatly impacted. This paper looks at the difficulties associated with TSD, and reports on parents' views of service needs for families of children diagnosed with TSD. Five mothers of children diagnosed with TSD were interviewed in an exploratory, qualitative study to learn what parents say about service needs. The findings indicate that easy access to complete information, getting a diagnosis, and comprehensive treatments to cope with TSD are their priority service needs. Difficulties accessing needed services are highlighted.
Traficante, Marlene MacDonald, "SERVICES FOR CHILDREN WITH TOURETTE SPECTRUM DISORDERS: A CONVOLUTED PATH" (2007). Open Access Dissertations and Theses. Paper 4801.
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