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Psicologia em Estudo

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LUIZ, Flávia Mendonça Rosa; PFEIFER, Luzia Iara; SIGOLO, Silvia Regina Ricco Lucato  and  NASCIMENTO, Lucila Castanheira. Inclusion of children with Down Syndrome. Psicol. estud. [online]. 2012, vol.17, n.4, pp.649-658. ISSN 1413-7372.  http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S1413-73722012000400011.

This study aimed to explore families' experiences in the educational inclusion process of children with Down's syndrome, with a view to promoting the health of these families. A multiple case study was developed with a qualitative approach, involving 11 families of children with Down's syndrome. Data were collected through semistructured interviews and analyzed through content analysis. The results demonstrated that, from the participants' perspective, teachers are not prepared for this inclusion but, nevertheless, this process reveals to benefit child education. The need for articulation between education and health sectors and a change in the educational model paradigm were evidenced. The research appoints aspects which the professionals involved should pay attention to, in order to make the inclusion a process to be lived as best as possible.

Keywords : Down Syndrome; family; school inclusion.

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