Educating Rural Parents in South Africa about their Children’s Cerebral Palsy: Why Wait for Full-Service Schools or Resource Centres?

By Deirdré Krüger and Theresia Mamakonyane Sello.

Published by The Diversity Collection

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This research investigated the needs of rural South African parents with children with cerebral palsy for support through specially designed parent guidance programmes. The aim was to determine whether rural parents needed guidance programmes and if so, to provide guidelines for the design of programmes that would address this need. A survey was conducted using a questionnaire with closed items to collect data from 180 parents with children with cerebral palsy living in the rural areas of the Eastern Cape. They were sampled by using a non-random (purposive) sampling method. One hundred and two (102) parents (out of the total of 180) completed the questionnaires and returned them by mail. The same types of questions were used to interview 54 parents. The data was statistically analysed. The findings indicated that all the respondents lacked knowledge of the condition and found it difficult to care for a child with cerebral palsy. Moreover, rural parent guidance programmes are not available in the Eastern Cape or in other provinces in South Africa. As a result, guidelines are suggested which can be used for constructing rural parent guidance programmes.

Keywords: Barriers to Learning, Cerebral Palsy, Lack of Access to Resources, Parent Guidance Programmes, Rural Parents, Special Education

International Journal of Diversity in Organizations, Communities and Nations, Volume 8, Issue 2, pp.245-250. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 578.119KB).

Assoc. Prof. Deirdré Krüger

Associate Professor, Further Teacher Education, School of Education, College of Human Sciences, University of South Africa, Pretoria, South Africa

Deirdré Krüger is an associate professor at the University of South Africa (Unisa) lecturing barriers to learning as well as a registered educational psychologist at the Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPCSA). Neuropsychology, including physical impairments such as cerebral palsy, is one of her special interests.

Theresia Mamakonyane Sello

Special Education Teacher, Ikhwezi Lokusa Special School, University of South Africa, Pretoria, South Africa

Theresia Mamakonyane Sello teaches at Ikhwezi Lokusa Special School in Umtata. She specialises in cerebral palsy education.

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