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A Journal on Otorhinolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery,
Plastic Reconstructive Surgery, Otoneurosurgery
Indexed/Abstracted in: EMBASE, Scopus
Otorinolaringologia 2002 June;52(2):63-6
School integration for children with impaired hearing
Maggio M. 1, Maggio O. 1, Martines E. 1, Pepi A. 2, Puccio R. 1
1 Department of Medical Biotechnologies and Forensic Medicine Audiology Section
2 Department of Phychology Chair of Development Psychology University of Palermo
Background. The authors have analysed impaired children’s integration in state nursery and primary schools in Palermo.
Methods. The study includes 51 support teachers and 51 class teachers. A questionnaire was submitted to all teachers concerning the training and specialization necessary to assist children with impaired hearing and the best methods to integrate them in the class.
Results. The results of the survey proved that such integration is widely accepted and positively considered. Nevertheless, many drawbacks still hinder an effective and complete integration: inadeguate school structures and facilities and weak cooperation among school, rehabilitation centres and families.
Conclusions. In the author’s opinion these problems can be overcome through the right choice of didactic strategies as well as through a team planning of rehabilitation techniques which will foster the impaired pupil’s social integration in school.