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Collaboration in Early Childhood Intervention Services in Gauteng: Caregiver Perspectives

Kyarkanaye, Thilendree PhD; Dada, Shakila PhD; Samuels, Alecia E. PhD

doi: 10.1097/IYC.0000000000000095
Original Research/Study

A central tenant of early childhood intervention (ECI) is collaboration between professionals and the caregivers of children receiving these services. There are limited studies on caregiver perceptions of collaboration in ECI teams particularly in resource-limited countries. Sixty-four caregivers participated in this study by completing a questionnaire on their perceptions of collaboration in ECI services in South Africa. The questionnaire survey was administered in a group setting by a trained research assistant who was proficient in the Setswana language. The results revealed that caregivers have a good understanding of collaboration in ECI services. However, collaboration, in relation to family-centered practices, appeared to be undervalued by caregivers. These results are discussed and the limitations of the study as well as future recommendations are outlined.

Centre for Augmentative & Alternative Communication, University of Pretoria, Hatfield, Pretoria, South Africa (Drs Kyarkanaye, Dada, and Samuels); and CHILD School of Education and Communication, Jönköping University, Jönköping, Sweden (Dr Samuels).

Correspondence: Thilendree Kyarkanaye, PhD, Centre for Augmentative & Alternative Communication, University of Pretoria, Private Bag X20 Hatfield, Pretoria 0028, South Africa (thilenk@gmail.com).

The authors thank the caregivers who willingly participated in this study and shared their experiences. The authors also acknowledge the NRF KIC grant (Grant number: 104530), which enabled the primary author to present preliminary findings of the study at an international conference.

The authors declare no conflict of interest.

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