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The Developmental Systems Approach to Early Intervention in Canada

Underwood, Kathryn PhD; Frankel, Elaine B. EdD

doi: 10.1097/IYC.0b013e3182673dfc
Original Study

This article examines current policies and early intervention services for children with disabilities and their families in Canada within the principles of the Developmental Systems Approach (M. J. Guralnick, 2005, 2011). The article considers the sociopolitical context of Canada, especially with respect to diversity and equity. Applying the components of the Developmental Systems Approach as a framework, the authors compare aspects of services for children with disabilities by region across Canada that illustrate systemic strengths and weaknesses. The authors note policy trends that may affect the future delivery and efficacy of early intervention services, specifically those that build on existing strengths and support the continued dialogue between provinces, territories, and the federal government to develop a national agenda for early intervention.

School of Early Childhood Studies, Ryerson University, Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

Correspondence: Kathryn Underwood, PhD, School of Early Childhood Studies, Ryerson University, 350 Victoria St, Toronto, Ontario, Canada M5B 2K3 (kunderwood@ryerson.ca).

The authors declare no conflict of interest.

©2012Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.