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ERIC Number: ED421206
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1998-May
Pages: 19
Abstractor: N/A
Managing Preschool with HIV: A Teacher's Experience with a Family in Crisis.
Gaillard, Janis James
The presence of HIV-positive children in preschool and day care programs is becoming more widespread as medical research discovers new drugs to combat the disease. This paper examines one child's experience in his first 3 years of school in the Bronx, New York. The paper begins with a description of how teachers are becoming more aware of children with HIV in their programs as parents' concerns about their child's school experience take precedence over privacy concerns, and as parents need an understanding person to confide in regarding their child's condition. Statistics on the number of pediatric AIDS cases in the Bronx are presented. The paper maintains that preschool educators must be prepared for the inclusion of HIV-positive children because these children have the legal right to attend. The experiences of Darren, a child who contracted HIV perinatally, are presented. The focus of the presentation is on his mother's efforts to collaborate with administration and teachers to ensure quality care for her son, her openness about her son's illness and her own lifestyle, his adjustment to preschool, his development and knowledge about his illness, and his preschool and kindergarten experiences. The paper includes recommendations for teachers regarding preschool activities and handling first aid situations. The report concludes that teachers need to receive accurate information about HIV and AIDS and that when teachers become comfortable about having a child with HIV in their class, they can proceed in a normal fashion. (Contains 9 references.) (KB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Language: English
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