Effective early intervention

Author: Ramey, C.T.;Ramey, S.L.
Year: 1992
Reference Type: Journal Article
Journal/Book Title: Mental Retardation
Volume: 30
Issue: 6
Pages: 337-345
Abstract: Recent positive findings from three early educational intervention programs designed to prevent mental retardation as well as to improve school readiness and educational progress were summarised. Evidence was presented to show that without early intervention , children of low-IQ mothers are particularly at risk for poor intellectual outcomes and that such children respond very favourably to intensive, systematic early intervention. In addition, new findings indicate a strong relationship between the intensity of the early educational intervention and the amounts of benefits realised by the individual children. Further, there is new evidence to suggest that the benefits of continuous educational intervention over the first 5 years of life last at least until early adolescence. We identified six essential types of experiences that we think account for the positive outcomes and that need to be systematically included to the maximum feasible level in future early education programs.

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