Table 3

Characteristics of the health professionals and parents who responded

Health professionalsn (%)Parentsn (%)
Role Role
Speech and language therapist131 (31.1)Mother332 (92.5)
Occupational therapist63 (15)Father19 (5.3)
Physiotherapist57 (13.5)Carer of looked after child6 (1.7)
Paediatrician50 (11.9)Other2 (0.6)
Dietitian40 (9.5)
Nurse32 (7.6)
Health visitor14 (3.3)
Clinical psychologist9 (2.1)
Gastroenterologist1 (0.2)
Other24 (5.7)
Type of EDSD worked with Type of EDSD of their child
Physical difficulties74 (17.6)Physical difficulties74 (20.6)
Non-physical difficulties32 (7.6)Non-physical difficulties183 (51.0)
Mixed difficulties314 (74.6)Mixed difficulties91 (25.3)
Missing1 (0.2)Missing11 (3.1)
Employer Ethnicity
NHS366 (86.9)White318 (88.6)
Education21 (5.0)Black/African Caribbean Black British5 (1.4)
Voluntary sector13 (3.1)Asian/Asian British24 (6.7)
Independent practitioner15 (3.6)Mixed/multiple ethnic group9 (2.5)
Other5 (1.2)Other ethnic group0 (0)
Missing1 (0.2)Prefer not to say3 (0.8)
Settings worked in* Primary diagnosis of their child
Community services301 (71.5)Autism spectrum disorder183 (51.0)
Hospital (secondary and tertiary services)151 (36.1)Down syndrome69 (19.2)
Education171 (40.6)Cerebral palsy30 (8.4)
Other13 (3)Developmental delay26 (7.2)
Genetic condition23 (6.4)
Learning/intellectual disabilities4 (1.1)
Structural brain disorder4 (1.1)
Other19 (5.3)
Missing1 (0.2)
  • *Percentages add up to greater than 100% because respondents could choose more than one option.

  • EDSD, eating, drinking and swallowing difficulties.