Making Space for the Embodied Participation of Young Disabled Children in a Children’s Centre in England

  • Heloise Maconochie


  • This chapter (re)-presents three stories and reflections on the perspectives of one young disabled child’s experiences of participation in the context of a children’s centre in England.

  • Young disabled children are often excluded from participatory processes and are amongst the least listened to people in society.

  • This chapter shows how to reflexively ‘read’ children’s multimodal communicative practices and pay attention to the often taken-for-granted objects, routines and interactions of their everyday lives.

  • To make space for a more inclusive theory of participation that embraces young, non-verbal disabled children, participation needs to be framed to incorporate embodied performances (including bodily gestures, acts of resistance, emotional tone), as well as voice.


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  • Heloise Maconochie
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  1. 1.Indiana University Purdue University Fort WayneFort WayneUSA

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