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New study points to better classrooms for children with disabilities
A pilot study in 51 N.C. classrooms shows the
effectiveness of a new measure in assessing the quality of practices in
inclusive preschools. Not only is the Inclusive Classroom Profile (ICP)
a reliable instrument, researchers say it also reveals the types of
inclusive settings that may be best serving preschoolers with
"Inclusion encourages active participation and a sense of belonging
and membership for all children, with and without disabilities, who
learn and develop in the same classroom," explained the study's lead
author Elena P. Soukakou, senior lecturer at the University of
Roehampton in London. "This is an important aim of early childhood
Soukakou explained that research already exists that can help programs to enhance the quality of their inclusive settings.
Researchers have uncovered the first evidence of a genetic link between prodigy and autism. The scientists found that child prodigies in their sample share some of the same genetic variations with people who have autism.
These shared genetic markers occur on chromosome 1, according to the
researchers from The Ohio State University and Nationwide Children's
Hospital in Columbus.
The findings confirm a hypothesis made by Joanne Ruthsatz, co-author
of the study and assistant professor of psychology at Ohio State's
Inclusive classrooms don't necessarily increase friendships for children with disabilities
Dropping off a child at kindergarten for the
first time can be one of the most memorable yet terrifying experiences
of parenthood. Among the many concerns parents face is the worry whether
your child will make friends -- a key factor, research shows, in
reducing anxiety, depression and the likelihood of being bullied.
For parents of children with disabilities, the concern is even
greater as four-out-of-10 of their children will enter kindergarten
without the social skills necessary to develop close friendships. The
response from schools has been to create inclusive classrooms, where a
significant number of students with disabilities now receive the
majority of their education and are believed to have a better chance at
developing close relationships with peers.