The nature and meaning of social integration for young children with mild developmental delays in inclusive settings
Journal/Book: J Early Intervention. 1999; 22: 1920 Association Dr, Reston, VA 22091-1589, USA. Council Exceptional Children. 70-86.
Abstract: This paper examines fundamental conceptual, methodological, and outcome issues with respect to the social integration of preschool-age children with mild developmental delays in inclusive early childhood settings. Cast within a development-ecological framework, social integration is evaluated in terms of three constructs: (1) the connectedness of peer interactions; (2) the quality of interpersonal relationships; and (3) the nature of adjustments that occur during social exchanges A general model of factors that influence social integration and their interrelationships is presented as a means of organizing future intervention activities to promote social integration.
Note: Article Guralnick MJ, Univ Washington, Ctr Human Dev & Disabil, Box 357920, Seattle,WA 98195 USA
Keyword(s): PRESCHOOL-CHILDREN; PEER RELATIONS; MAINSTREAMED PLAYGROUPS; FRIENDSHIP; CLASSROOMS; BEHAVIOR; DISABILITIES; COMPETENCE; PLAY