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ERIC Number: EJ788748
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Pages: 7
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 20
ISSN: ISSN-1096-2506
Transitions of Families from Early Intervention to Preschool Intervention for Children with Disabilities
Connelly, Ann M.
Young Exceptional Children, v10 n3 p10-16 2007
Like individuals, families undergo transitions. In fact, families have been described as going through stages of development that are reflected in changes in the family's role and functioning. In addition to the transitions experienced by families with children, families of children with disabilities often undergo additional transitions. The focus of this article is on the transition that families experience as they leave early intervention (EI), specifically the infant/toddler services of Part C of the Individuals With Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) to enter preschool special education (i.e., Part B services of IDEA) when their child turns 3 years of age. The purpose is to propose a family resiliency model as the framework from which EI professionals can understand the family's experience and provide appropriate supports to facilitate a smoother transition. Prior to presenting the model, a brief discussion of the transition of focus, including the legal requirements and issues that arise, is presented. (Contains 1 figure and 1 table.)
Division for Early Childhood, Council for Exceptional Children. 27 Fort Missoula Road Suite 2, Missoula, MT 59804. Tel: 406-543-0872; Fax: 406-543-0887; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Early Childhood Education; Preschool Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Individuals with Disabilities Education Act