Evaluating and Supporting Elementary School Students with Apert’s Syndrome

By Ioanna Konstantinidou and Panagiotis Varsamis.

Published by The International Journal of Learner Diversity and Identities

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The International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health – Children and Youth Version (WHO, 2007) was used to create an intervention based on a student's with Apert’s syndrome functional level assessment. According to the assessment, focused on school learning, the student presented no or negligible problems in communicating with receiving spoken messages, communicating with receiving nonverbal messages, speaking, pre- talking, and singing areas. Mild difficulties have been found at areas such as watching, learning through actions with objects, and acquiring information. Additionally, rehearsing, learning to read, write and calculate, are connected with moderate or severe difficulties. Specific areas where there have been identified remarkable deficiencies, which influence student’s functional level, are learning to read and write, as well as directing attention. Therefore, these are the fields where the intervention’s significance has been focused on. Significant improvement has been reached through both behavioral and ecosystemic methods.

Keywords: Intervention, Apert's Syndrome, School Functioning, Inclusion

International Journal of Learner Diversity and Identities, Volume 20, Issue 3, May 2014, pp.67-76. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Published online: May 20, 2014 (Article: Electronic (PDF File; 413.930KB)).

Ioanna Konstantinidou

Special education teacher in elementary school, Department of Educational and Social Policy, University of Macedonia, Thessaloniki, Greece

Ioanna Konstantinidou is a special education teacher in an elementary school. She has a Bachelor Degree in Special Education, Department of Educational and Social Policy, University of Macedonia,Thessaloniki.

Dr. Panagiotis Varsamis

Teaching Assistant/Adjunct Lecturer, Department of Educational and Social Policy, University of Macedonia, Thessaloniki, Greece

Dr. Panagiotis Varsamis is a Teaching Assistant (Adjunct Lecturer) for Special Education at the Department of Educational and Social Policy at the University of Macedonia (Thessaloniki, Greece) (www.uom.gr). He has a B.A. in Physical Education and Sport, Department of Sports Sciences, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki and a Ph.D. in Special Physical Education, Department of Rehabilitation and Disabled Sport, and Department of Sport Didactic, Sports University of Cologne, Germany. He is certified Adult Educator for Sport Sciences and Special Education (National Center for Certification, Greece). He has also worked as Physical Educator and as Teaching Assistant at the Teachers’ In-Service Training School for Special Education (Pedagogical Department for Elementary Education, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece). Subject taught: Educating people with physical disabilities and chronic illnesses.