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Title: 
An inclusion initiative in Singapore for preschool children with special needs
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Keywords: 
Special education
Inclusion
Early intervention
Children with special needs
Issue Date: 
2011
Citation: 
Yeo, L. S., Neihart, M., Tang, H. N., Chong, W. H., & Huan, V. S. L. (2011). An inclusion initiative in Singapore for preschool children with special needs. Asia Pacific Journal of Education, 31(2), 143-158.
Abstract: 
This paper describes a preschool inclusion initiative in Singapore, which currently has no
mandate for integrating children with special needs in mainstream schools. This very small-scale qualitative study involving children with mild learning disabilities discusses a therapy outreach programme by a local children’s hospital. It explores the supports and challenges of this experience based on interviews with therapists, teachers, principals, and parents. Facilitators of inclusion included communication, collaboration, availability of training and resources, and a readiness for inclusion. Barriers to inclusion included person-related hindrances, structural obstacles, gaps in program delivery, and limited specialized training and resources. We learned that in the absence of mandatory provisions for inclusion, children with special needs can be supported in regular
education when there is “buy in” for early inclusion and intervention amongst key
stakeholders. Practical strategies toward this end are discussed.
Description: 
This is the final draft, after peer-review, of a manuscript published in Asia Pacific Journal of Education. The published version is available online at http://www.tandfonline.com/10.1080/02188791.2011.566990
URI: 
ISSN: 
0218-8791
Other Identifiers: 
10.1080/02188791.2011.566990
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