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Analyse the potential effects of discrimination on children with special needs and their families

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Btec national diploma in early years Special needs M3 Analyse the potential effects of discrimination on children with special needs and their families Isolation - for both parents and child is a major effect on discrimination with child/children with special needs - they may feel that their child is 'different' and does not fit into the 'normal pattern' of a normal family. They may feel that the local community 'feel sorry' for them and find it hard to communicate with them, of not knowing what to say to them. Embarrassed for them. Going to places for days out - shopping, it may not be wheelchair friendly or some people look at you and stare as if you shouldn't be there. As if you've got no right to be in that place and that people thinking, that you are a hindrance to the public. Feeling sorry for the parent of having a special needs child, 'how do you cope looking after them', 'I bet they are really hard work for you'. ...read more.

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Making the parents/siblings as outsiders and not welcome. Others may be disturbed of the appearance of the child. E.g. down's syndrome, or feel threatened by children with mental disabilities. To overcome fear and embarrassment, they stare, ignore or belittle disabled children. Language - can be very hurtful. The use of inappropriate language when talking about disability is insulting and not only devalues disabled children but labels and puts them in a different class of other children. Offensive language contributes to children's poor self-image and their lack of self-esteem. Language such as as 'deaf' and 'dumb', 'dummy'. 'spastic', 'that down's syndrome kid in class 1' - this reflects on the disability, rather that the child. Attitudes and behaviour - the attitude of professionals during conversations - looking down on you, that you are not worthy because you've got a special needs child. Making assumptions, that just because a child is in a wheelchair, that the child is deaf or unable to communicate and understand. Staring at the child. ...read more.

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Using policies in school settings such as equal opportunities, making reference to disabilities and special needs showing how their needs will be met and setting out procedures for dealing with issues arising from disability discrimination. In school setting the staff/parents and children should look beyond the disability and to make sure that the child/children with special need does not 'overshadow' (leaving them in the background) their ordinary needs (being left out, not been able to participate in activities, doing everyday things). Supporting and caring for all children's needs without bias or discrimination and challenge any bad behaviour from wherever it comes. Children in the setting need to learn and respect others. Developing an anti-bias curriculum in the setting for children's awareness, that promotes their development and learning about discrimination. In activities - making sure all children take part in activities and that no one is excluded. Making sure that children can have choices and encouraging them to making decisions in their education, their care and their home settings. The staff at the setting need to have a powerful role to play in teaching/learning the attitudes towards discrimination and not allowing it in their setting. ?? ?? ?? ?? ...read more.

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