DF has 18 centers of early education for children with Down syndrome

Program serves about 2000 children. Goal is to encourage the inclusion of these people in mainstream education

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Professor Beatriz Griesinger coordinates the education program at the Center for Early Education Special 2 Brasília
Professor Beatriz Griesinger coordinates the education program at the Center for Early Education Special 2 Brasília

In the Federal District (DF), there are 18 learning centers that provide the call early education, which caters to children with special needs from birth to 3 years of age. The program serves about 2000 children across the DF. The goal is to encourage and welcome these boys and girls to later be included in mainstream education.

Since 2008, with the launch of the National Policy on Special Education, public and private schools must ensure access and retention of students with special needs and articulate the regular education and special education.

At the Center for Special Education 2 of Brasília, located in Plano Piloto, about 90% of children are included after they have gone through early education. For children with Down syndrome, whose international day is remembered on Thursday (21), the inclusion rate is higher, reaching almost the entirety.

The program is a kickoff. If we do a good job, the child will have no problems to be included, says the charge of the program at the school, teacher Beatriz Griesinger. She adds: We want a child with Down syndrome have space to do college, which is inserted in the labor market. This is our biggest struggle is and what is happening, he says.

Beatrice explains that these children need to be encouraged in every way. The program covers four main areas: motor, cognitive, language and socio-emotional. These children end up having a routine and a load of greater activity. But this is not bad, they can withstand and adapt well to this, incorporate this routine. The service offers early education for one and half hours in classes with 15 children on average.

The timing is also important, explains Beatriz, for parents to approach their children. They are an excellent stimulus for small. They are at the stage of attachment and have a very close relationship with his mother. It is a moment for this mother and this father better understand the syndrome, what limitations and potential of children.

In FD, still in the hospital, receiving the diagnosis, parents receive guidance. The early education is among them. In addition, the Health Handbook "is an important tool to register the child's development, and contain necessary information and care that parents should have", guides the educator.

According to the school census in 2011 were 558 400 registered students with special educational needs in ordinary classes in Brazil. Ten years ago that number did not reach 150 thousand.

With information <i> Agency Brazil </ i>