ERIC Number: ED387974
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1995-Aug
Reference Count: N/A
Services Are Child-Oriented and Families Like It That Way--But Why? Service Utilization Findings.
McWilliam, R. A.; And Others
Early Childhood Research Institute: Service Utilization Findings, Aug 1995
This report presents preliminary findings concerning early intervention services, based on data from in-depth interviews with 75 families with infants, toddlers, or preschool children receiving early intervention special services. Additional data included reviews of Individualized Family Service Plans and Individualized Education Programs, questionnaire data, and documentation of services provided. Families appeared to overwhelmingly choose child-oriented over family-oriented services, and professionals appeared to provide primarily child-oriented services. Possible explanations for these results appeared to be that families see the child's disability or risk status as the reason for receiving early intervention, that families' boundaries imply that larger issues are the family's own business, and that families suppress their own needs and focus on the child with immediate and dramatic needs. Parents also suggested that professionals often desire to keep the agenda on the child. A model is proposed which sees the interrelationship between the family's priorities and the professional's focus as determining the service focus. Results are discussed in terms of legislative requirements for a greater family focus in service provision. (Contains 14 references.) (DB)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Special Education Programs (ED/OSERS), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: North Carolina Univ., Chapel Hill. Frank Porter Graham Center.