Views of British Parents about Special Education Services for Their Child with Mental Disabilities.Report as inadecuate

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British parents of children with severe/multiple learning disabilities were surveyed to determine the parents' wishes, needs, and satisfaction with the child's school placement. Eighty parents responded (a 53 percent response rate) to a mailed questionnaire. At present, the majority of children described as having severe learning difficulties are educated in special schools where they are increasingly integrated with less severely disabled children. Responses to questions concerning what parents want the child to learn, level of satisfaction with what is being taught by subject area, actual and desired participation of parents in the child's education, and types of support services received are rank ordered. The parents' information needs, present and future concerns for their child, preferred future housing options for the child, and preferred future work for the child are detailed. Findings indicate that the majority of parents are generally satisfied with their child's special school placement. A priority for their child's learning is the acquisition of communication skills, with social, motor, and leisure skills also being important. The achievement of academic skills ranks less highly, and there was less satisfaction with the teaching of academic skills than with other skills. The paper concludes that some parents appear to prefer special schooling for their children, from a perceived lack of resources or expertise to be found in regular schools. (DB)

Descriptors: Elementary Education, Foreign Countries, Mental Retardation, Parent Attitudes, Participant Satisfaction, Preschool Education, Questionnaires, Severe Disabilities, Special Schools, Student Placement, Surveys

Author: Male, Dawn B.


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