This survey study examined the extent to which early intervention professionals in a mid-western metropolitan area considered cultural factors important and the extent to which their practice reflected recommendations cited in the literature for providing culturally-appropriate services. Characteristics of these professionals and the barriers they have faced in providing services to children birth to age 3 and their families were also examined. Although professionals considered recommendations for providing culturally-appropriate services important, they reported that multiple barriers often hindered implementation. To provide high quality services for families who are culturally diverse, early intervention professionals need assistance such as professional development opportunities and administrative support. A challenge for the field in the next decade is to continue to diversify the population of early intervention professionals.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
- Developmental and Educational Psychology
- Psychiatry and Mental health