By Ann Lewis
Kid's knowing of incapacity is a worthwhile addition to the controversy surrounding the mixing of youngsters with particular wishes into traditional faculties. Taking the point of view of the kids themselves, it explores how students with serious studying problems and their non-disabled classmates have interaction. Ann Lewis examines what occurs while non-disabled childrens and scholars with serious studying problems interact frequently over the process a yr. She additionally contains the perspectives of youngsters operating in segregated specified schooling. From her findings, she attracts implications for constructing an inclusive ethos in faculties and different groups.
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The bias towards traditionally male jobs probably reflects the larger number of boys than girls interviewed. The other children gave confused answers or said they could not guess what adult lives would be like. METHODOLOGY There are inherent difficulties in obtaining fair and accurate responses when interviewing children and these have been well documented. In addition, children with learning difficulties may be unused to being asked for their opinions. ) This was illustrated by a survey of adults with learning difficulties which found that nearly three-quarters of those people had not chosen the colour of 42 Children’s understanding of disability their bedroom walls (Williams, 1978).
So one might have expected more children to give misbehaviour as the reason for the move out of mainstream schools. However, any experience of disapproval of misbehaviour in schools may have encouraged the children to keep quiet about this subsequently. Thus the children may have chosen to give other reasons even if they suspected misbehaviour to have been an element in their transfer. This may have been why misbehaviour was given as the reason for transfer by only three children, all of whom were in the youngest age group interviewed.
John O’Brien and his co-workers (1989), Garry Hornby (1991), Phillipa Russell (1991) and Sheila Wolfendale (1992) are among those who have made suggestions about working with families of disabled children, particularly in relation to integration. Advice includes talking with parents about: • • • • • the family’s history, interests, needs and likes; the gifts of their child with special needs; what hopes and dreams they hold for the child; their fears or nightmares for the child; the risks, costs and benefits of inclusion.