Proceedings of The 2nd International Conference on New Approaches in Education
The Stability of the Social Participation of Children Identified as Having MLD and The Different Ways of Assessing and Diagnosing Such Children in Kuwait
Dr. Bader Alqallaf
This study addressed the stability of the social participation of children identified as having MLD\Slow learning in mainstream primary schools in Kuwait. The study relies heavily on longitudinal and ethnographic approaches. Two mainstream primary schools agreed to participate, comprising 31 with MLD/slow learning in Kuwait. The results indicated that the children with slow learning displayed no social interaction or friendship with their non-SEN peers who showed little acceptance of slow learning children. The study indicates that, it is important for children with Slow Learning in Kuwait to be aware of the nature of social participation in their setting and may help them to choose, with the agreement of their parents, whether to join a special class or a mainstream class. It would be useful for the child to understand the social difficulties that may arise from joining the special class setting. It is also important for the non-SEN children to be aware of the social participation of their peers with SEN. Providing knowledge about the social difficulties of children with SEN may help non-SEN children to accept their peers with SEN.
Keywords: inclusion – Social Participation – Children with Slow Learning – Kuwait.