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Archivos de Pediatría del Uruguay

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Abstract

DI LORENZO, MATILDE; GARCIA, IRENE; GOODSON, ANA  and  DE LEON, NELSON. El ingreso a escuelas de discapacitados: Estudio exploratorio. Arch. Pediatr. Urug. [online]. 2001, vol.72, n.3, pp. 198-205. ISSN 0004-0584.

An exploratory study was carried out, with a sample of 307 cases, in four Handicapped Schools. A protocol, the reliability of which was intended to verify, was used as an instrument. The objectives stated were: to evaluate the psychiatric situation of the population and diagnosis process, previous to its income; to draw conclusions and proposals. The following conclusions were drawn from the results obtained: the diagnosis process followed for the insertion of the children in the schools was inadequate in a high percentage; a considerable percentage of these children could function properly in normal schools, this demands reformulation of the criteria used to decide the income to special schools; it could be necessary to apply, to the whole population of handicapped, a similar study, thus allowing to apply uniform criteria in mental health policies; the instrument used seems reliable, but it would need certain changes for its further application.

Keywords : MENTAL RETARDATION; diagnosis; EDUCATION OF MENTALLY RETARDED.

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