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The social experiences of children with disability and the influence of environment : a framework for intervention

Disability & Society

Author: Baker, K., Donelly, M.
Type: Journal Article
Year: 2001


This paper explores the influence of environment on the quality of social experiences of children with disability in Sydney, Australia. The social experiences of four boys with fragile X syndrome (aged 7-12 yrs) were described, using ethnographic methods that included participant observation at 'special' and regular schools and in-depth interviews with parents, teachers and occupational therapists. An environmental perspective is presented here to complement existing individualist perspectives that address the social problems faced by children with disability. The environmental perspective involves (1) perceptions of disability, (2) the child's family (relations, advocacy, encouragement, education, identity creation, dependence and separation), and (3) the child's school (physical environment, other children, principal, teachers, therapists, policy and ethos). The paper serves as a basic framework to be adapted in further research and practice into the environmental influence of children's social experiences.

Further Details

Publish Dates: Jan
Full Title: Disability & Society
Pages: 71-85
Volume: 16
Issue: 1
Accession Number: 25.11.03
Research Notes: Electronic copy added 17/07/2013
Keywords: New South Waleschildmobilityenvironmental perspectiveenvironment
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