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Early Intervention: A Global Perspective

Blackman, James A. MD, MPH

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Recognition of the importance of brain development in the early years of life has led to expanded early intervention programs for very young children with or at risk for developmental disabilities throughout the world. Recent developmental brain research suggests a plausible biological basis for early intervention. However, specific intervention practices must be judged on their efficacy, effectiveness, and cost justification. Early intervention has made important shifts in emphasizing social competence in the child and the essential role of the family and community.

Professor of Pediatrics, Kluge Children's Rehabilitation Center and Research Institute, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Virginia

Source: This article was adapted, with permission, from S.L. Odom, M.J. Hanson, J.A. Blackman, and S. Kaul, Early Intervention: Practices from around the World. Baltimore: Paul H. Brookes Publishing Company (publication date: early 2003).

© 2002 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.