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ERIC Number: EJ1002306
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Pages: 40
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0380-2361
The Experience of Parents as Their Children with Developmental Disabilities Transition from Early Intervention to Kindergarten
Villeneuve, Michelle; Chatenoud, Celine; Hutchinson, Nancy L.; Minnes, Patricia; Perry, Adrienne; Dionne, Carmen; Frankel, Elaine B.; Isaacs, Barry; Loh, Alvin; Versnel, Joan; Weiss, Jonathan
Canadian Journal of Education, v36 n1 p4-43 2013
Despite recognition of the importance of parent involvement to enable meaningful inclusion of young children with developmental disabilities in education contexts, few Canadian studies have reported how parents experience this collaboration. Recent research suggests that the transition process is critical to the early school experiences of children with developmental disabilities yet challenging for their parents. The purpose of this paper is to report preliminary data from HELPS Inc, a Canadian multi-method research project describing Health, Education, and Learning Partnerships Promoting Social Inclusion of young children with developmental disabilities. In this paper we present parents' perspectives on inclusion and collaboration with case study findings based on the experiences of three families in one Ontario community. The data demonstrate the unique experiences of and meanings of collaboration held by individual families, and highlight the challenges these differences pose for healthcare providers and educators committed to involving parents in the transition into school and for inclusion of young children with developmental delays and disabilities. (Contains 1 table.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Early Childhood Education; Kindergarten; Preschool Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Canada