“Childhood disability, attitudes and stigma in Greek society”: Exploring the perceptions of caregivers and professionals regarding the repetitive behaviour of children with vision impairment and children on the autism spectrum (a comparative study)
Thought and knowledge are constructions of perceptions that people have in terms of different aspects of the world surrounding them. Perceptions help people interpret the various aspects of the world, and without their help, their thoughts are simply empty. The way people perceive a behaviour might impact on how they respond to it. As a consequence, discovering the perceptions of caregivers and professionals regarding the repetitive behaviour children with vision impairment and children on the autism spectrum manifest is a great challenge.
Repetitive behaviours do compare across professions and they do compare across disabilities. However, there are implications that are completely different and those lead to various conclusions: On the one hand, the way in which caregivers and professionals perceive a behaviour might impact on how they respond to it and on the other hand, their perceptions may reflect on terminology used or even legislation enacted in a specific country. The question of whether or not a repetitive behaviour is socially acceptable in a very specific context/ culture or it constitutes a social taboo, occurs in multiple occasions.
- Vision Impairment
- Autism Spectrum Disorder
- Multiple Disabilities
- Repetitive Behaviours
- Perceptions and Social Impact
- Early Intervention
- Inclusive Education
- Special Education
Dr Liz Hodges and Dr Prithvi Perepa
The A. G. Leventis Foundation (Zürich / Switzerland).
The Bakalas Foundation (Athens/ Greece)
Membership of Research and Professional Organisations
International Council for Education and Re/habilitation of People with Visual Impairment (ICEVI-Europe)
European Educational Research Association (EERA)
Panhellenic Scientific Association of Special Education (P.S.A.S.E.)
The European Association on Early Childhood Intervention (Eurlyaid)
Children and Childhood Network (CCN), University of Birmingham
Aikaterini currently works as a Research and Teaching Assistant at the University of Birmingham. She is also an active member of the "Children and Childhood Network (CCN)”, which trys to provide a unique forum for collaborations in research, education, policy and practice, for and with children. In parallel, her volunteering activity with organisations/ charities/ hospitals such as the Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB)/ U.K. and the Moorfields Eye Hospital in London, enables her to maintain her clinical experience and contact with vision impaired individuals.
Aikaterini is a chartered SEN and psychology teacher and she has worked in various public and private Special Education settings both in Greece and in the United Kingdom. Two key aspects of her professional path were dedicated: On the one hand to her personal space office in Athens (“Special Education Centre for Children and Adolescents”), focusing on children and adolescents with multiple and learning disabilities as well as their families. On the other, to her working experince as the Director of the Special Pre-Primary School for the Blind in Athens.
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