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Inclusion and Friendship of Children with Disabilities

Anamarija Žic Ralić orcid id ; Faculty of Education and Rehabilitation Sciences, Zagreb
Marina Ljubas ; Kneza Mislava Elementary School, Kaštel Sućurac

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Inclusion of children with disabilities into the regular
education system has undoubtedly increased the number of
social interactions between children with and without
disability. However, most previous research suggests a low
acceptance of children with disabilities in the peer
environment. Lower levels of social acceptance can affect the
development of friendship as the most important relationship
with peers. This paper summarizes the results of the research
of positive peer interactions of children with disabilities,
acceptance and friendship with typical children as well as
with children who also have disabilities. Children with
disabilities, unlike typical peers, often experience greater
difficulty in creating and maintaining friendships. Delayed
development of motor, perceptual, cognitive, language,
communication and / or social skills is likely to contribute to
the difficulties of children with disabilities in creating lasting
friendships. This paper provides an overview of scientific
knowledge about the effectiveness of the researched
strategies for social acceptance, development and
maintenance of friendship.


children with disabilities, social acceptance, friendship, peers

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