Author(s)

Kaitlyn Blasy

Date Approved

11-6-2013

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

M.A. School Psychology-Professional School Psychology

Department

Educational Services, Administration, and Higher Education

College

College of Education

First Advisor

Allen, Terri

Subject(s)

Inclusive education;Parents of children with disabilities

Disciplines

Child Psychology | Student Counseling and Personnel Services

Abstract

The purpose of this study was to measure the view that parents involved in support groups for parents of children with special needs have on inclusion. Parents were surveyed using the "Parent Opinion About Inclusion/Mainstreaming" questionnaire developed by Leyser and Kirk (2004). Children whose parents completed the survey were ages 4 through 20 and were included in various educational settings. Parents were found to be generally supportive of the idea of inclusion. Benefits of inclusion included social skills for both students with and without disabilities, academic skills, and equal opportunities. Perceived problems with inclusion included experience and adaptability of general education teacher, loss of special education services, individualized instruction, perceptions of other parents/students, and their child being left out. Parents reported low levels of satisfaction for their child's current classroom placement.

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