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Couper, Llyween; Sutherland, Dean; van Bysterveldt, Anne – Kairaranga, 2013
This paper explores the place of the school playground in the lives of children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). We discuss the physical environment, school systems and practices that support the development of social competence and increased peer interactions for children with ASD in their school playground. Highlighted issues include the…
Descriptors: Autism, Pervasive Developmental Disorders, Playgrounds, Physical Environment
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Jones, Linda; Merry, Rosina; Mitchell, Donna – Kairaranga, 2011
This paper explores Hero Stories, a different narrative approach developed to support a child with autism to gain self-control and allow him to navigate his world as a competent and capable learner. It examines the development and use of "Hero Stories books" as a strategy for assisting a child with autism to cope with stressful situations within…
Descriptors: Autism, Coping, Children, Personal Narratives
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Berryman, Mere; Woller, Paul – Kairaranga, 2011
This paper examines Early Intervention (EI) service provision from within one Ministry of Education region in New Zealand. It does this in order to better understand what works well and what needs to change if children from Maori families, of Early Childhood age, are to be provided with the most effective EI services. By engaging with Maori…
Descriptors: Early Intervention, Foreign Countries, Indigenous Populations, Pacific Islanders
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Larson, Candice – Kairaranga, 2010
This study investigated the transition of a child with moderate special education needs to a primary school setting. It was generated out of the professional interest of the author and a prevailing concern over the apparent delay in providing support for children with moderate special education needs within the primary school system. A case study…
Descriptors: Educational Needs, Disabilities, Children, Special Needs Students
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Smith, Donna – Kairaranga, 2008
This paper is a personal perspective about the disability issues within the Cook Islands. It looks at how the needs of children and adults with disabilities have been addressed over the years and the vision of many people who have worked towards building an inclusive society, starting with mainstreaming in the schools to full inclusion. It…
Descriptors: Inclusion, Disabilities, Social Attitudes, Mainstreaming
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Broughton, Katherine – Kairaranga, 2008
Few resources seem to be available to support school communities that have a child whose death is anticipated. The present article draws on the experiences of school staff and special education employees who have been involved in New Zealand school communities where a child was terminally ill and died. These experiences could help other school…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Death, Coping, Counseling Techniques
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Kelly, Anna – Kairaranga, 2008
This article is an analysis of the reports submitted to the Ministry of Education by teams and mentors who took part in the autism spectrum disorder participatory action research (ASD PAR) project. The key findings highlight the importance of: individualised support based on a sound knowledge of the child or young person; strategies targeted at…
Descriptors: Action Research, Autism, Pervasive Developmental Disorders, Foreign Countries
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Rickson, Daphne J.; McFerran, Katrina – Kairaranga, 2007
Research is an essential aspect of the music therapy profession. Practice is grounded in theoretical frameworks based on research studies and the evaluation of clinical interventions. Early research drew heavily on behavioural principles, observing measurable change in response to musical interventions. As the profession gained stature, music…
Descriptors: Music, Foreign Countries, Music Therapy, Special Education
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Margrain, Valerie; Clements, Shelley – Kairaranga, 2007
This article defines assessment exemplars and considers their purpose in New Zealand school and early childhood contexts. The role of exemplars in supporting assessment for learning and the extent to which education rights and inclusive practice are evident in exemplars are considered. The article suggests that learners with special education…
Descriptors: Children, Foreign Countries, Special Education, Special Needs Students
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Keown, Robin – Kairaranga, 2006
The issue of physical punishment is a particularly controversial one at the moment as child advocates are engaged in a struggle to persuade the New Zealand government to repeal a defence in law (section 59 of the 1961 "Crimes Act") which justifies parents hitting their children provided the force used is "reasonable in the…
Descriptors: Behavior Problems, Nonverbal Communication, Foreign Countries, Child Advocacy
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Hiranniah, Namratha; Mahoney, Bernadette – Kairaranga, 2006
Two teachers working in Year 0-1 classes at Manurewa South School, a decile 2 school in the Manurewa area of Manukau City, Auckland, share their voyage of exploration around their own circle of influence. In this article the research team including Bronwyn Blair, a facilitator from the University of Auckland, worked through a cycle of needs…
Descriptors: Learning Problems, Disabilities, Foreign Countries, Needs Assessment
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Bevan-Brown, Jill – Kairaranga, 2005
This article presents the findings of a survey to gather information about the scope, prevalence and effectiveness of programmes and services for Maori children and youth with special needs. Analysis of relevant organisational documentation including a postal survey completed by 78 people from 56 different special educational, Maori, support and…
Descriptors: Parent Participation, Disabilities, Foreign Countries, Malayo Polynesian Languages
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Stanley, Peter; Stanley, Lesley – Kairaranga, 2005
Responding to serious behaviour problems requires new practice answers and emphases. Best practice principles and a developmental perspective indicate that the family should be the focus of preventative work. The Incredible Years parent training series is described as an important example of an empirically-supported programme that is presently…
Descriptors: Prevention, Foreign Countries, Behavior Problems, Early Intervention
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Tippett, Jennifer – Kairaranga, 2004
The Ministry of Education's policy, "Special Education 2000" (SE 2000) was intended to promote a model that ensured all students received an education that involved successful experiences (Ministry of Education, 1996). Students with Asperger Syndrome (AS) often have difficulty adapting to and achieving these successful experiences in…
Descriptors: Teacher Aides, Teacher Characteristics, Asperger Syndrome, Teacher Responsibility
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Smith, Deborah L.; Gillon, Gail T. – Kairaranga, 2004
This study investigated the caseload characteristics and the types of intervention implemented for children with autistic spectrum disorder (ASD). A survey was developed and distributed to 75 speech-language therapists working for Special Education within the New Zealand Ministry of Education. A total of 34 surveys were completed and returned.…
Descriptors: Allied Health Personnel, Intervention, Autism, Foreign Countries