ERIC Number: ED417509
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998-Mar
Reference Count: N/A
Using and Providing Services: Case Studies in Early Intervention.
McWilliam, Robin; Tocci, Lynn; Sideris, John; Harbin, Gloria
A case study approach was used to examine the complexities of service utilization in early intervention with infants, toddlers, and young children with disabilities. Seventy-two families of children (ages birth to 4) participating in nine early intervention programs in three states (Colorado, North Carolina, and Pennsylvania) and their service providers completed a self-report questionnaire and were interviewed. In addition, documents (the Individualized Family Service Plan or the Individualized Education Program and the latest assessment report) were analyzed. Results are reported in terms of families' service use and professionals' provision of services, including family characteristics, family-service provider relationships, African American mothers, support families received, families' reflections, and service providers' reflections. Overall, findings suggest that professionals' provision of services reflects: (1) a predominant child versus family orientation; (2) a generally positive approach to families; (3) a disjointed and segregated way of working with other professionals; (4) reasonably effective coordination of existing services; (5) poor provision of information about resources outside the formal early intervention/preschool programs; (6) a heavy reliance on therapists; and (7) dependence on direct, hands-on treatment for short periods. (Contains 28 references.) (DB)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: North Carolina Univ., Chapel Hill. Frank Porter Graham Center.