University of Edinburgh

Understanding and Supporting Friendships amongst children with Additional Support Needs


Arshad, Rowena; Closs, Alison; Stead, Joan
Doing our best: Scottish school education, refugee pupils and parents: a strategy for social inclusion
Moray House Institute of Education, 1999
A study of social inclusion for children and families who are living in Scotland as refugees.

Bailey, Gail
Emotional well-being for children with special educational needs and disabilities
Sage, 2012
ISBN 9781446201602
A practical guide to strategies practitioners can use to prevent or minimise the risk of longer term mental health issues and social exclusion. Covers a range of disabilities including visual impairment and deafness.

Buultjens, Marianna; Stead, Joan; Dallas, Mary
Promoting social inclusion of pupils with visual impairment in mainstream schools in Scotland
Scottish Sensory Centre, 2002
Report of the project funded by the Scottish Executive. The aims of the project were to identify the range of school based strategies and initiatives that promote social inclusion and describe the social experiences of pupils with a visual impairment.

Deaf Ex-mainstreamers Group
Deaf toolkit: best value review of deaf children in education, from user's perspective
DEX, 2004
ISBN 0954669916
An indepth report from a survey of mainstream pupils who are deaf in the UK focusing on social inclusion. Comparisons are drawn from Scandinavian countries and strong recommendations for the future of deaf education are listed.

Longhorn, Flo (ed)
Making friends with Johanna: communicating with very special people
Flo Longhorn, 2003
ISBN 1900231018
This book describes a family approach to communicating with Johanna, showing how there are many natural ways of communicating with her. Joanna has complex needs.

MacCuspie, P Ann
Promoting acceptance of children with disabilities: from tolerance to inclusion
Atlantic Provinces Special Education Authority, 1996
ISBN 0968038808
Offers valuable discussion about providing for special needs in ways that promote understanding and acceptance in the classroom.

Morris, Jenny
That kind of life? Social exclusion and young disabled people with high levels of support needs
Scope, 2001
ISBN 0946828814
Reports on the direct experiences of 44 young people with high levels of physical, sensory and/or cognitive impairment. Their powerful messages have major implications for the current policy agenda and show what needs to be done to combat social exclusion.

National Deaf Children's Society (NDCS)
Bullying and deaf children: a guide for schools
NDCS, 2006
A basic booklet on how to identify, handle and prevent bullying of deaf children.

Rickinson, Mark ... [et al]
Tackling bullying, using evidence, learning lessons
CfBT Education Trust, 2009
ISBN 9780861600724
Findings from research into tackling bullying in Coventry schools. Explores and evaluates how different strategies work.

Roy, Archie W N
Student perspectives: discussions with visually impaired students on the effects of serious sight loss on themselves, their families and friends
RNIB, 2001
ISBN 1858785006
A useful insight into some visually impaired young people's attitudes and perceptions.

Smith, Theresa
Guidelines: practical tips for working and socializing with deaf-blind people (2nd ed)
Sign Media, 2002
ISBN 1881133176
The author is an interpreter for deafblind people and sets out useful advice on how to best communicate with people who have a combination of visual and hearing problems.

Stalker, Kirsten & Moscardini, Lio
Critical review and analysis of current research and policy relating to disabled children and young people in Scotland: a report to Scotland's commissioner for children and young people
Scotland's Commissioner for Children and Young People (SCCYP), 2012
A review of research and Scottish Government policies on social inclusion for children and young people with disabilities.


Akamatsu, C Tane; Mayer, Connie; Farrelly, Shona
Investigation of two-way text messaging use with deaf students at the secondary level
Journal of Deaf Studies and Deaf Education
Winter 2006, Vol 11 (1), p120-131
Researchers note the rise in use of mobile phones and Short Message Services (SMS) with teenage deaf students. A study investigates the use of these texting services amongst deaf and hearing peers in the development of social skills.

Bellin, Wynford & Stephens, Dafydd
Value systems of deaf and hearing adolescents
Deafness and Education International
2002, Vol 4 (3), p142-147
A study of deaf adolescents to compare their values with those of hearing peers and to determine the level of marginalisation of deaf people within society.

de Verdier, Kim
Inclusion in and out of the classroom: A longitudinal study of students with visual impairments in inclusive education
British Journal of Visual Impairment
May 2016 Vol 34 (2), p130-140
Study of social inclusion of children with visual impairments in mainstream classrooms.

Duncan, Eleanor
Developing a positive identity: awareness raising with teenagers
Mar/Apr 2007, No 8, p17-19
Awareness sessions in a secondary school to help a young person and his classmates come to terms with his visual impairment.

Gregory, Karina
Friendship and social networking
Oct/Dec 2011, No 36, p11
A visually impaired person describes her friendships and social networks at various stages of her life.

Hadjikakou, Kika; Nicolaou, Nicoletta; Antonopoulou, Katerina; Stampoltzis, Aglaia
Psychological adjustment and emotional well-being of hearing siblings of children who are deaf or hard of hearing in Cyprus
Deafness and Education International
December 2010, Vol 12 (4), p180-203
Looks at the quality of relationships between hearing and deaf siblings.

Hess, Itay
Visually impaired pupils in mainstream schools in Israel: Quality of life and other associated factors
British Journal of Visual Impairment
Jan 2010, Vol 28 (1), p19-33
Study of the quality of life of visually impaired pupils. A survey of pupils and teachers revealed that a positive atmosphere contributed to a better student experience.

Mekonnen, Mulat; Hannu, Savolainen; Elina, Lehtomaki; Matti, Kuorelahti
Socio-emotional problems experienced by deaf and hard of hearing students in Ethiopia
Deafness and Education International
Sep 2015, Vol 17 (3), p155-162
Looks at the mental health and wellbeing of a group of primary-aged children who are deaf in Ethiopia.

Most, Tova
Speech intelligibility, loneliness and sense of coherence among deaf and hard-of-hearing children in individual inclusion and group inclusion
Journal of Deaf Studies and Deaf Education
Fall 2007
, Vol 12 (4), p495-503
Looks at how speech performance can affect the social wellbeing of deaf children in mainstream settings.

Most, Tova; Ingber, Sara; Heled-Ariam, Einat
Social competence, sense of loneliness, and speech intelligibility of young children with hearing loss in individual inclusion and group inclusion
Journal of Deaf Studies and Deaf Education
Spring 2012, Vol 17 (2), p259-272
A study of the social skills of preschool children with hearing loss.

Palmer, Carolyn
Myths, stereotypes and self-perception: the impact of albinism on self-esteem
British Journal of Visual Impairment
May 2007, Vol 25 (2), p144-154
A study of how albinism affects self esteem.

Powell, Paula
Circle time with Aqib
Mar/Apr 2007, No 8, p14-15
Circletime and awareness sessions are used in the year 6 class of an isolated visually impaired boy to try to improve the situation.

Ralphs, Wendy
Friendship and play in a mainstream primary school
Summer 2005, No 44, p21-23
Describes an individualised programme which has helped one pupil to develop friendship and play skills.

Roe, Joao
Making friends
Mar/Apr 2007, No 8, p20-22
Ideas for promoting good social experiences for visually impaired children in mainstream classes.

Roe, Joao
Social inclusion: meeting the socio-emotional needs of children with vision needs
British Journal of Visual Impairment
May 2008, Vol 26 (2), p147-158
Explores the ways in which professionals can promote socio-emotional development in visually impaired children.

Stedman, Caroline
Caroline's casebook
Nov/Dec 2012, No 42, p24-25
Column about emotional issues experienced by young people who have visual impairments. Looks at the emotional and behavioural issues relating to keeping up in class and keeping 'in' with classmates.

Thurgur, Rebecca
Thinking right and feeling good
Nov/Dec 2014, No 54, p34-35
An activity weekend led by Action for Blind People concentrated on social and emotional issues.

Wauters, Loes N & Knoors, Harry
Social integration of deaf children in inclusive settings
Journal of Deaf Studies and Deaf Education
Winter 2008, Vol 13 (1), p21-36
Survey of primary aged deaf children in The Netherlands into social integration at school.

Xie, Yu-Han; Potmesil, Milon; Peters, Brenda
Children who are deaf or hard of hearing in inclusive educational settings: a literature review on interactions with peers
Journal of Deaf Studies and Deaf Education
Oct 2014, Vol 19 (4), p423-437
Describes how deaf children interact with hearing peers in inclusive settings, illustrate the difficulties and challenges and identifies effective interventions.