Foreigners children with special needs: the representation of disabled children about parents


  • Alain Goussot



Qualitative interviews of fathers, mothers and teachers of disabled children (9 children) The children frequent elementary school; with the interviews we have a picture of the story of the development of their disabled children; stories which are influenced by the migration story and the cultural cause. In the narration of the children’s stories we have a few indications about the clinic history and the family’s history before and after the migration. We have children with sensorial disability and with intellectual disability; the parents representation is much more important for the development of each child: this representation come from cultural framework, social origins, motivations for the migration, conditions of the travel, the hopes and the situation that find when arrive in Italy. A few parents hope to take care of their disabled children with the occidental medicine; others have a few difficulties to understand the cultural language of psychiatric approach because have an other diagnostical model. Is not easy to create the possibility of a meeting between the different cultural patterns. There are the much more important affec-tive function of the mothers which have a specific kind of relationship with her sons. It’s important to create the possibility for the valorization of these model of relations mother-disabled son; the pedagogic and social workers must to change approach to favour and to support the development of child and the social and scholastic inclusion.

How to Cite

Goussot, A. (2010). Foreigners children with special needs: the representation of disabled children about parents. Ricerche Di Pedagogia E Didattica. Journal of Theories and Research in Education, 5(1).



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