Promoting Family Outcomes in Early Intervention
This chapter begins with a brief discussion of conceptual models for defining desired outcomes for families. It describes what it means to be "family centered," including a review of the core family-centered principles that provide the necessary foundation for the attainment of positive outcomes for all families. The chapter reviews and provides evidence in support of selected family practices that, when conducted within the framework of family-centered care, can lead to specific outcome attainment for families. Family-friendly assessment naturally leads to family-centered intervention planning. Federal law emphasizes the role that families play in intervention planning by requiring a written individualized family service plan (IFSP). Once intervention planning is complete, the IFSP is put into action. Service provision and coordination has evolved from a traditional medical model whereby therapy is provided in a clinic to a home-based, family-centered model. Using family-centered practices throughout the early intervention journey will lead to families' understanding their children and their unique strengths and needs.