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Children with special needs and capabilities

Anahera is 2.5 years old and has recently moved with her parents, Kai and Ria, from New Zealand to Europe. She will soon be starting in an English-speaking kindergarten. The languages which are spoken within the family are English and Maori. Anahera has been diagnosed with Down Syndrome and receives several services such as speech therapy and physiotherapy, which are carried out in English. However, thus far she only speaks about twenty words of the language. There is also an English-speaking specialist helping Anahera’s parents in supporting her, using early interventions to reveal her full potential in life. Anahera previously enjoyed playing with other children in New Zealand and longs to be able to do so again in her new kindergarten.

Age: 2 years and 4 months

Home language: English and Maori

Additional language spoken: -

According to the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) and the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC), all children have the right to social participation. Inclusion aims to enable all people, with or without disabilities, regardless of their cultural background or language, their religious beliefs, gender identity or sexuality, to participate in society and to ensure fair educational opportunities (Nations, 2006) (Nations, 1989). 

  • Should the educator take any steps in communicating with Kai and Ria before the start of Anahera or the other parents of the group?  

  • What are the next steps?  

  • What might be Anahera´s risk factors and her resources when it comes to prosilience?  

  • How might Anahera feel? 

  • How might the other children feel? 

  • How might the other parents feel? 

  • How might Ria and Kai feel?