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Adaptive behavior of primary school students with visual impairments: the impact of educational settings.

Research paper by Katerina K Metsiou, Konstantinos K Papadopoulos, Ioannis I Agaliotis

Indexed on: 25 Aug '11Published on: 25 Aug '11Published in: Research in Developmental Disabilities



Abstract

This study explored the adaptive behavior of primary school students with visual impairments, as well as the impact of educational setting on their adaptive behavior. Instrumentation included an informal questionnaire and the Vineland Adaptive Behavior Scales. Participants were 36 primary school students with visual impairments. The educational setting had an effect on Daily Living Skills and Socialization. Students with visual impairments visiting special schools present worse adaptive behavior (higher developmental delay) compared to students visiting mainstream schools. Moreover, the educational level of parents influences the developmental delay on the Communication and Socialization. The higher the educational level of parents the lower the developmental delay.