Early intervention with parents with mental retardation: do we empower or impair?

Author: Espe-Sherwindt, M.;Kerlin, S.
Year: 1990
Reference Type: Journal Article
Journal/Book Title: Infants and Young Children
Volume: 2
Issue: 4
Pages: 21-28
Abstract: Empowerment as a philosophical framework for delivering early intervention services to parents is as valid for those with mental retardation as for any other parent, but it may require that the professional examine his or her role in providing those services. This article explores the importance of understanding the behaviours of parents with mental retardation and describes strategies for linking knowledge with an effective program model, intervention techniques, and evaluation of family progress. The implications for the pre-service and in service training of early intervention personnel are described.

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