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Title: Social skills of mainstream kindergarten children with special needs in Singapore
Authors: Li, J-Y. (Jen-Yi)
Chong, Jia Yin
Keywords: Experiential learning
Inclusive education
Kindergarten children
Social skills
Special needs
Issue Date: 2011
Citation: Li, J. -Y., & Chong, J. Y. (2011). Social skills of mainstream kindergarten children with special needs in Singapore. Journal of Reading and Literacy, 3, 24-38.
Abstract: There is an increase in the percentage of children with special needs enrolling in both segregated special schools and mainstream kindergartens. This study compares the social development of preschoolers who have intellectual disabilities (with and without additional enrollment in mainstream kindergarten) with mainstream peers. The results of a demographic questionnaire administered to parents, and the Social Skills Rating System (SSRS) form issued to the parents of children at preschool level, suggest that preschoolers who attend additional mainstream kindergartens display more appropriate social skills than their peers who attend special education only. An inclusive educational kindergarten experience is found to be beneficial to children with special needs, as this environment provides additional opportunities for experiential learning, social interaction and social integration.
ISSN: 2339-5001
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