ERIC Number: ED400478
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996
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School Psychology and Early Childhood Services: A Look at What Is Happening in One State.
Peterson, Carla; Luze, Gayle
Across the nation, increasing emphasis is being placed on prevention and early intervention services for children. Changes are reflected in legislative mandates, increased collaboration within and across services delivery systems, and recommended professional practices. This study examines one state's efforts for children in early childhood special education services. Also investigated were: how school psychology services in early childhood settings compare to those provided for the school-age population; how school psychologists are trained to work with young children and their families; and what special challenges school psychologists face when working with this population. For this study, 231 school psychologists responded to a survey which asked about demographics, training, tasks, duties, and challenges in the early childhood population. Results show that a majority of school psychologists provide some early intervention services. Psychologists reported having to depend heavily on in-service training to develop skills relevant to this population. They also recorded that their greatest challenges in working with this population were providing adequate support to other team members, planning intervention programs, and a lack of training in specific intervention strategies. Four tables, comprising over half the document, present results. (Contains 13 references.) (RJM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Sponsor: Department of Education, Washington, DC.; Iowa State Univ. of Science and Technology, Ames.
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Identifiers - Location: Iowa