ERIC Number: EJ722926
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Dec
Reference Count: 59
Early Childhood Intervention: Possibilities and Prospects for Professionals, Families and Children
British Journal of Special Education, v32 n4 p176-183 Dec 2005
In March 2005, Barry Carpenter, OBE, Chief Executive and Director of Research at Sunfield, an education and residential care centre for children with severe and complex learning needs, gave his inaugural professional lecture at University College Worcester. This article is based on that lecture. In it, Barry Carpenter reviews international trends in early childhood intervention and relates these to changing patterns of childhood disability, family needs, practitioner-led service development and Government policy initiatives. He describes a political climate in the UK which is ripe for the development of a nationally cohesive programme of early childhood intervention and proposes a number of key factors hat are crucial to the consolidation of the plethora of initiatives that have taken place in the UK in recent years. These include: early interventions that are delivered from the point of diagnosis; practice that is transdisciplinary; and high quality training for professionals. At the heart of this process, however, must be the voice of the family--guiding, informing, sharing, engaging. The key to successful early childhood intervention, Barry Carpenter argues, is responsivity--to society, to its families, but most of all to its children.
Descriptors: Public Policy, Family Involvement, Young Children, Early Intervention, Learning Problems, Foreign Countries, Professional Development, Interdisciplinary Approach, Disabilities
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Early Childhood Education
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Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom