Children under the age of three who have a disability or developmental delay, or who are at risk of developing one of these conditions, are eligible to receive early intervention services provided by well-trained service providers in the natural environment. There is a need for more research in the area of specific behaviors and qualities of effective service providers. The perceptions of 12 family members and service providers in three families receiving early intervention services in the Los Angeles area were explored, with particular emphasis on family member-service provider interactions, service provider roles, and qualities of effective service providers. Results indicated that family members percieved that interactions with service providers were sufficient, while service providers percieved interactions were insufficient, service providers fulfilled the roles of teacher and team member, and effective service providers have the following qualities: outgoing and positive, warm and nurturing, knowledgeable and experienced, and helpful.
|School:||California State University, Long Beach|
|School Location:||United States -- California|
|Source:||MAI 48/04M, Masters Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Early childhood education, Educational psychology|
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