Identifying barriers that restrict inclusion into mainstream schooling.

A Student Health Initiative Project

The study examined the impact and health needs of children with special needs in a government-operated LSEN school in Kungwini, Gauteng, South Africa.

Review of social, educational and medical records of 38 learners exposed many social and medical barriers which restricted learning and development.

From our findings, inclusion into mainstream schooling from a school for special education needs can be enhanced with thorough pre-admission medical assessments and attention to therapy, clearly defining admission criteria, and establishing a transition class.

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