ERIC Number: ED403725
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1996-Jul-10
When Should We Begin? A Comprehensive Review of Age at Start in Early Intervention.
Kim, Yong-Wook; And Others
This literature review examines whether verifiable evidence supports the supposition that early interventions result in better child developmental outcomes than later interventions for disadvantaged children with disabilities. First, existing reviews of the literature on the "earlier is better" supposition were examined. Second, a meta analysis on a database of articles that allowed exploration of the concept of early intervention was conducted. Finally, research reports which directly attempted to address the "earlier is better" supposition were reviewed. The paper concludes there is mild evidence to support the belief that earlier interventions lead to better outcomes for children with disabilities or from disadvantaged backgrounds. The evidence to support this claim is not overwhelming, however, and other intervention factors (such as location of services and severity of child risk) interact with the factor of starting age. Relatively little research was found which was designed to adequately and directly answer the "earlier is better" supposition. (Contains 33 references.) (DB)
Publication Type: Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual World Congress of the International Association for the Scientific Study of Intellectual Disabilities (10th, Helsinki, Finland, July 8-13, 1996).