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ERIC Number: EJ788728
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006
Pages: 10
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 27
ISSN: ISSN-1096-2506
Children's Attitudes toward Peers with Disabilities: Supporting Positive Attitude Development
Han, Jihee; Ostrosky, Michaelene M.; Diamond, Karen E.
Young Exceptional Children, v10 n1 p2-11 2006
Inclusive programs and community settings are important contexts to help foster acceptance and understanding among all children. Research has shown that children enrolled in inclusive programs become more accepting of people who are different from them. Inclusion of children with disabilities in classroom activities requires the involvement of typically developing children in order for children with special needs to develop and expand their repertoire of peer-related social skills. Thus, children's development of attitudes toward peers with disabilities must be examined. Only then will it be possible to support the development of positive attitudes so that all children are accepted as members of the classroom community. This article discusses the importance of supporting young children's positive attitude development and describes six guidelines that have been shown to foster positive attitude development toward individuals with disabilities: (1) consider adults' attitudes; (2) foster friendships, not feelings of pity; (3) guide children to see similarities; (4) avoid judgments based on physical characteristics; (5) provide information to all families; and (6) provide children with developmentally appropriate facts. (Contains 1 table.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Early Childhood Education; Preschool Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A