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2012, vol. 11, iss. 3, pp. 419-434
Communication achievements and types of needed support in children with moderate intellectual disability
aUniversity of Belgrade, Faculty for Special Education and Rehabilitation, Serbia
bŠkola za osnovno i srednje obrazovanje 'Milan Petrović', Novi Sad
Evaluation of treatment of acquired speech and language disorders (MESTD - 179068)

Living in a community represents a complex, interactive relation between an individual and social field. The quality of that relation depends on numerous personal and social factors, which in different ways contribute to the level of individual social participation and wellbeing of all community members. Bearing in mind that sociocommunicative skills represent one of the most significant predictors of social inclusion, the assessment of the development level of skills in this category of life habits in persons with intellectual disability, may be considered important both in planning the education and preventing social isolation of these persons. The aim of this research is to compare the level of achievements in communication development in children with Down syndrome who are at the level of moderate intellectual disability, and children at the same intellectual level but without known cause of the condition. This paper also compares types of needed support in the area of implementing acquired knowledge in this category of life habits. The sample consists of 75 children with moderate intellectual disability, of both genders, aged between 7 and 15. In accordance with the defined aim and tasks of this research, the sample was divided in two subsamples: the first subsample consists of 37 examinees with Down syndrome, and the second consists of 38 examinees with moderate intellectual disability with unknown etiology. Scale for assessing life habits was used to assess the development of life habits. The obtained results show that there is no statistically significant difference either in the level of development of communicative skills or in the type and intensity of needed support between the examinees with Down syndrome and their peers with unknown etiology of their disability.
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article language: Serbian
document type: Original Scientific Paper
DOI: 10.5937/specedreh11-2551
published in SCIndeks: 29/10/2012
peer review method: double-blind

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