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Revista Brasileira de Educação Especial

Print version ISSN 1413-6538On-line version ISSN 1980-5470

Abstract

LOPES, Betania Jacob Stange  and  GIL, Maria Stella Coutinho de Alcantara. Giftedness Perceived by Mothers of Visual Impaired Children. Rev. bras. educ. espec. [online]. 2016, vol.22, n.2, pp.203-220. ISSN 1980-5470.  http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S1413-65382216000200005.

This study aimed to verify whether mothers of children with visual impairment identify characteristics and behaviors common to those with giftedness. Three mothers aged 37-46 years participated in the study. They all have educational level equal to or higher than complete elementary education. The study was conducted at the headquarters of a Non-Governmental Organization that serves people with visual impairment in a city in the state of São Paulo. Data were collected through: Identification Form and Mothers' Characterization; Giftedness Indicators Identification Form; Wechsler Intelligence Scales III (WISC) Verbal Scale Subtests, adapted for visually impaired people. A spreadsheet with the characteristics of the Theory of the Three Rings by Renzulli was elaborated to analyze the mothers' response from this Indicators Scale, and was compared with the results of the WISK III Verbal Scale subtests. The mothers' response indicates that they have high expectations regarding their children's potential. Despite the children's visual impairment, the mothers consider them fully capable. The results support the discussion of possible dual exceptionality emerging from the visual impairment associated with giftedness.

Keywords : Special Education; Giftedness; Visual Impairment.

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