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The participation experience of children with disabilities in Portuguese mainstream schools
occupational therapy department, Tan Tock Seng Hospital, Singapore.
University of Southern Denmark, Institute of public health, Odense, Denmark.
Institutionen för neurobiologi, vårdvetenskap och samhälle, Karolinska Institutet.
Linköping University, Department of Social and Welfare Studies, Health, Activity, Care. Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences.
2010 (English)In: British Journal of Occupational Therapy, ISSN 0308-0226, E-ISSN 1477-6006, Vol. 73, no 12, 598-606 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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Introduction: This explorative study aimed to chart the participation experiences of children with disabilities enrolled in mainstream schools.<p>Method: The participants were 14 students with disabilities, with good communication skills, aged between 8 and 11 years and attending school in Portugal. The data were collected through open-ended interviews and analysed employing a psychological phenomenological method.</p><p>Findings: The findings suggest that participation at school took three forms: equal participation, special task participation and onlooker participation. Those three forms contrasted with situations of non-participation, in which the children felt completely excluded. Each form of participation and non-participation presented different performance characteristics and was influenced by the social environment.</p><p>Conclusion: The findings of this study provide insights that enhance the understanding of childrens inclusion in mainstream schools, as well as the individuals experience of participation.</p>

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Cot , 2010. Vol. 73, no 12, 598-606 p.
Keyword [en]
children with disabilities, school, participation forms
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URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-63096DOI: 10.4276/030802210X12918167234244ISI: 000289456500005OAI: diva2:378989
Available from: 2010-12-16 Created: 2010-12-10 Last updated: 2012-08-20

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