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Mapping inclusion of a child with autism in a mainstream kindergarten: how can we move towards more inclusive practices?

Olsen, K; Croydon, A; Olson, M; Jacobsen, KH; Pellicano, E; (2019) Mapping inclusion of a child with autism in a mainstream kindergarten: how can we move towards more inclusive practices? International Journal of Inclusive Education , 23 (6) pp. 624-638. 10.1080/13603116.2018.1441914. Green open access

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Abstract

This study identify and reflect on barriers to inclusion that children with autism can meet in kindergarten. We use a single case study with participant- and video observation to map inclusion for a single 5-year-old boy with autism, in a mainstream kindergarten in Norway. Analysis identified three modes of inclusion; distance-keeping, maintaining proximity and interacting. The mapping procedure demonstrated that barriers to inclusion continue to operate. The extent of the child's participation seemed to relate to what he was doing and who he was with; overall, limited social inclusion amongst peers being achieved. Results indicated that predictable frameworks and teacher support increased participation. We discuss how participation for children with autism can be promoted. Our study points toward the need to extend current adaptations and support to children with autism within the educational settings, to enable a more inclusive practice.

Type: Article
Title: Mapping inclusion of a child with autism in a mainstream kindergarten: how can we move towards more inclusive practices?
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1080/13603116.2018.1441914
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1080/13603116.2018.1441914
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
Keywords: Children, autism, inclusion, participation, mainstream kindergarten
UCL classification: UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education > UCL Institute of Education
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education > UCL Institute of Education > IOE - Social Science
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10059208
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