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Views of professionals about the educational needs of children with neurodevelopmental disorders

Van Herwegen, J; Ashworth, M; Palikara, O; (2019) Views of professionals about the educational needs of children with neurodevelopmental disorders. Research in Developmental Disabilities , 91 , Article 103422. 10.1016/j.ridd.2019.05.001. Green open access

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Abstract

Background: Professionals play a key role in supporting children with special educational needs in schools. However, the views of those working with neurodevelopmental disorders are less known. // Aims: This study examined the views of professionals (including teachers, teaching assistants, educational psychologists, speech and language therapists, physio and occupational therapists etc.) working with children with Williams Syndrome (WS), Down Syndrome (DS) or with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) in terms of how informed professionals are about the disorder and their views about the type of support these children need to be receiving. // Methods and procedures: Professionals working with 77 children with ASD, 26 with DS and 38 with WS completed an online questionnaire. // Outcomes and results: Professionals in all three groups highlighted relevant areas of difficulty for these children, but they did not recognise some of the less phenotypical difficulties that children with a specific disorder may experience. In addition, there was a disconnect between the difficulties identified by the professionals and the type of specialist support that may be necessary. // Conclusions and implications: Although professionals have a lot of knowledge about the specific neurodevelopmental disorders, further evidence-based training would allow more effective support for children with neurodevelopmental disorders in the classroom but also equip professionals better and raise their confidence in meeting these children's needs.

Type: Article
Title: Views of professionals about the educational needs of children with neurodevelopmental disorders
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1016/j.ridd.2019.05.001
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ridd.2019.05.001
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: Williams syndrome, Down syndrome, Autism Spectrum disorders, Professionals, SEND support, Neurodevelopmental disorders
UCL classification: UCL
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 - Learning and Leadership
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education > UCL Institute of Education > IOE - Psychology and Human Development
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10077588
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