Family-Oriented Early Intervention Policies and Practices: Family-Centered or Not?

  title={Family-Oriented Early Intervention Policies and Practices: Family-Centered or Not?},
  author={Carl J. Dunst and Charlie Johanson and Carol M. Trivette and Deborah W. Hamby},
  journal={Exceptional Children},
  pages={115 - 126}
This article includes a multimethod, multisource analysis and synthesis of the degree to which contemporary family-oriented early intervention policies and practices are family centered. Federal laws and legislation, state-level policy positions, and the viewpoints of service providers and consumers were analyzed as part of the study. The findings, taken together. Indicate a movement toward adoption of family-centered early intervention policies and practices at the different levels of analysis… 

Figures and Tables from this paper

Implementation of Family-Centered Services

This study investigated the meaning of family-centered intervention and the extent to which it is being implemented from the perspectives of both professionals and families who participated in

Family-Centered Services

Five underlying components of family-centered services were identified: positiveness, responsiveness, orientation to the whole family, friendliness, and sensitivity, which expands understanding of family centeredness and establishes a basis for policy, training, and service recommendations.

Family-Centered Practices

Quantitative and qualitative research evidence is reviewed and synthesized with regard to the family-centeredness of early intervention, preschool, and elementary and secondary school practices.

Family Outcomes in Early Intervention: A Framework for Program Evaluation and Efficacy Research

Much of the focus on the relationship between parents and professionals in early intervention has been on the rationale for working with families and the processes by which that rationale should be


This article addresses four major points concerning family centered early intervention: family centered perspectives, ecological perspective, family systems theory, family system theory, and family centered service delivery.

The Family-Centered Action Model of Intervention Layout and Implementation (FAMILI)

FAMILI draws on theories of family development to frame research and intervention design, uses a mixed-methods approach to conduct ecologically valid research, and positions family members as active participants in the development, implementation, and evaluation of family-centered obesity prevention programs.

Negotiating family‐centered early education: A multidimensional assessment of interests and needs

Reform efforts in early childhood education highlight recommendations to adopt more family‐centered practices, including greater family support functions. Yet, there is little research on the

Factors Associated With Perceived Control Appraisals in a Family-Centered Early Intervention Program

Findings from 2 studies investigating sources of variations in perceived control appraisals of parents involved in a family-centered early intervention/family support program are described. Results

Professionals' and Families' Perceptions of Family-Centered Practices in Infant-Toddler Services

The purposes of this study were to determine the extent of family-centered practices, professionals' and families' values about the practices, and the extent to which selected characteristics of

Providing Early Intervention Within Natural Environments: A Cross‐cultural Comparison

Large differences between typical and ideal practices were found in all the 4 components of early intervention measured: first encounters, intervention planning, functionality, and service delivery.



An Informed, Family-Centered Approach to Public Law 99-457

This article reports research findings of an interview study conducted with parents of young children with special needs. The research was conducted to assess parental perceptions of infant and

Rethinking Early Intervention.

Family Resource and Support Programs: Changes and Challenges in Human Services

Abstract Family resource programs are a set of principles and a compendium of program characteristics that respond to today's urgent need to reorient policies and services for families. Premises

Evolving models of family-centered services in neonatal intensive care.

While most current programs endorsed family-centered care (FCC) as a "best practice" for developmental intervention with infants, few were found that implemented these practices and most utilized only limited components of FCC.

Family support programs: catalysts for change.

The burgeoning family support movement is described in the historical context of the social service and self-help modalities that presaged it and in the context of the current social and political

Supporting and Strengthening Family Functioning

Evidence from divergent but conceptually coherent lines of research is presented which indicates that the absence of problems does not necessarily mean the presence of positive functioning.

State family support and education programs: lessons from the pioneers.

  • H. Weiss
  • Political Science
    The American journal of orthopsychiatry
  • 1989
The forces driving these initiatives are described, which in turn are redefining ideas about when public involvement with families is appropriate, and the choices and issues policy makers faced in formulating and implementing them are outlined.

America's family support movement: strengths and limitations.

The advantages of integrating these two types of program are outlined, the importance of family support and education programs finding their niche within the established social services system is highlighted, and problems of funding and evaluation are discussed.

Family-centered, community-based, coordinated care for children with special health care needs.

What is needed to carry out this agenda is defined, some associated problems and solutions are discussed, and the role that pediatricians can play is suggested.