Cadernos de Pesquisa
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VITTA, Fabiana Cristina Frigieri de. The inclusion of special needs children in the vision of day care center professionals. Cad. Pesqui. [online]. 2010, vol.40, n.139, pp. 75-93. ISSN 0100-1574. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0100-15742010000100005.
The inclusion of children from birth to 18 months in day care centers, a phase that can be considered as the first one for inclusive education, may stimulate their motor development and perceptual-cognitive abilities. The goal of this study was to identify how people working in such centers conceive the inclusion of children with special needs in their routine activities. For such, seven women involved in a municipal day care center in the city of Bauru (SP, Brazil) were interviewed. The data - organized according to three analytical categories: believes related to the inclusion process; benefits that it can bring for the child; and differences between children in this age group - were subjected to a qualitative analysis. The results indicated that the inclusion of children with special needs in day-care centers is viewed with reservations. This negative bias toward disability can be explained by the lack of knowledge related to child development and its main issues as well as by establishing erroneous connections between professional activities and personal experiences.
Keywords : DAY NURSERIES; CHILD DEVELOPMENT; INCLUSIVE PROCESS.