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ERIC Number: EJ1179077
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2018-Jun
Pages: 10
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-1096-2506
Beyond "Hoping for the Best": Home Visits in Impoverished Urban Areas
Corr, Catherine; Spence, Christine; Miller, Deserai; Marshall, Ashley Ann; Santos, Rosa Milagros
Young Exceptional Children, v21 n2 p111-120 Jun 2018
The primary author hosted a series of focus groups with early intervention (EI) professionals in a large midwestern urban area. Participants were asked to share their experiences supporting families who live in poverty and also receive EI services. Although positive experiences and successes were discussed, many EI professionals noted that when they make home visits in urban areas with high poverty, they often felt that they were just "hoping for the best." This article presents three brief vignettes detailing the situations EI professionals experienced when working with families living in poverty. Although the data for the focus group were analyzed using traditional thematic analysis (Miles & Huberman 1994), after the analysis, the primary author used the categorized data to create a series of data poems. These data poems were intended to capture the emotions of this difficult work while also starting important dialogues about the nature of providing home visits to families living in urban poverty. The authors use these data poems throughout this article to start dialogues centered around safety, family and child health and well-being, and being culturally responsive and respectful. Although the authors use the term "early interventionist" throughout this piece, these strategies can be useful to anyone who makes home visits.
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Language: English
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