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A Content Analysis of Upper Limb Differences in Children's Books

Fri, April 9, 9:30 to 10:30am EDT (9:30 to 10:30am EDT), SIG Sessions, SIG-Special and Inclusive Education Research Poster Sessions


Approximately 1,500 children are born with upper limb differences (ULDs) each year in the United States. Recently, public media attention has brought a greater awareness of individuals with upper limb differences (ULDs), but educational research on the PreK-12 experiences, available curricular materials, and effective educational strategies are lacking for this group of people. Researchers in this study identified and performed a content analysis of 24 children’s books with characters with ULDs. Findings indicated more books were being published recently, that they represented a number of genres, and were largely informative about experiences of people with ULDs. A discussion of the missing features of the books, and recommendations for teachers to select quality books for students, is offered.