Contributions of family systems and family-centred practices for informing improvements in early childhood intervention

Carl J. Dunst, Hanan Sukkar, Jane Kirkby

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    Contemporary interest in early childhood intervention for young children with developmental disabilities or developmental delays can be traced to the 1960s(see Caldwell, 1970; Shonkoff & Meisels, 1990). This interest was, in part, the result of findings from studies of young children and their families experiencing multiple risk factors (poverty, low parent educational achievement, single parent household, poor housing, etc.) where early childhood intervention (at the time called infant stimulation, early education, or early enrichment) was found to promote and enhance child learning and development compromised by the risk factors (e.g., Karnes, Teska, & Hodgins, 1970; Tjossem, 1976). It was shortly thereafter that the potential value of early childhood intervention for promoting and enhancing the learning and development of young children with identified disabilities, significant developmental delays, and children at risk for poor developmental outcomes due to medical conditions or biological risk factors began to appear (e.g., Barrera et al., 1976; Cooper, Moodley, & Reynell, 1974; Denhoff,1981; Scarr-Salapatek & Williams, 1972).
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationEarly Childhood Intervention
    Subtitle of host publicationWorking with Families of Young Children with Special Needs
    EditorsHanan Sukkar, Carl J. Dunst, Jane Kirkby
    Place of PublicationAbingdon Oxon UK
    Number of pages18
    ISBN (Electronic)9781315688442
    ISBN (Print)9781138918511
    Publication statusPublished - 2017

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