Infants & Young Children

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Infants & Young Children:
doi: 10.1097/IYC.0b013e318268541d
Original Study

Early Childhood Intervention and Early Childhood Special Education in Turkey Within the Scope of the Developmental System Approach

Diken, Ibrahim H. PhD; Bayhan, Pinar PhD; Turan, Figen PhD; Sipal, R. Firat PhD; Sucuoglu, Bulbin PhD; Ceber-Bakkaloglu, Hatice PhD; Gunel, Mintaze Kerem PhD; Kara, Ozgun Kaya MS

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Abstract

The purpose of this article was to provide an overview of early childhood intervention and early childhood special education (ECI/ECSE) services and practices in Turkey by using the Developmental System Approach (M. J. Guralnick, 2001). After pointing out the history of early childhood and ECI/ECSE services and current legislations with regard to ECI/ECSE in Turkey, the article focuses on ECI/ECSE practices in Turkey. Although ECI/ECSE legislative acts have been in place since 1980s, there are critical issues regarding the provision of systematic ECI/ECSE both to young children with developmental delays or at risk for developmental delays and to their families. These issues include lack of a model system approach, lack of assessment tools and curricula, and lack of qualified personnel. Future recommendations for ECI/ECSE are provided.

©2012Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.

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