Date of Award

2-6-2017

Document Type

Thesis and Dissertation

Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)

Department

Department of Special Education

First Advisor

Sharon Doubet

Abstract

The current study explored the perceptions of collaborative practices and possible methods to overcome the challenges identified by caregivers and professionals in Early Intervention by documenting the perspectives of four multidisciplinary team members. This qualitative study included in-depth interviews with a caregiver, service coordinator, occupational therapist, and developmental therapist/hearing specialist whom all shared an Individual Family Service Plan within the past year. Data analysis revealed five major themes that included: 1) communication, 2) best practices, 3) co-treating, 4) knowledge, and 5) respect. Future research ideas and implications for caregivers, early intervention professionals, early intervention program managers, and agencies employing early intervention professionals were discussed.

Comments

Imported from ProQuest Edwards_ilstu_0092N_10898.pdf

Page Count

82

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