Dear ISEI Member,
As you know, the journal Infants and Young Children (IYC) is published in conjunction with the International Society on Early Intervention (ISEI). As part of this relationship, the publisher of IYC has allowed us to make available on the ISEI Website two articles from each issue of IYC for our members. In addition, we have provided an opportunity for you to comment on one or both of these articles or ask questions of the author(s). The authors have agreed to respond at a later time. Comments can be on any aspect of the article, but certainly comments relevant to the value of this information in your own country would be of special interest. The two articles for this issue of IYC are:
1) CRITICAL CONNECTIONS FOR CHILDREN WHO ARE ABUSED AND NEGLECTED: HARNESSING THE NEW FEDERAL REFERRAL PROVISIONS FOR EARLY INTERVENTION Sheryl Dicker, JD; Elysa Gordon, MSW, JD This article highlights strategies that link the child welfare, court, and Early Intervention systems to enhance the healthy development of young children in foster care. It spotlights the need for infants and young children in foster care to be referred to the Early Intervention Program (EIP) and outlines the importance of implementing the new Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act Part C referral provisions. It outlines the barriers to the EIP for maltreated children and identifies strategies to ensure referral and successful navigation of the EIP. The authors will describe several innovative, collaborative programs that link child protective services, health, mental health, and developmental services and provide cross-system training and funding to facilitate early intervention diagnosis and treatment for young children in foster care. Key words: CAPTA, child welfare, early intervention, IDEA Part C
2) SOUND BEGINNINGS: SUPPORTING FAMILIES OF YOUNG DEAF CHILDREN WITH COCHLEAR IMPLANTS Jean L. DesJardin, PhD; Laurie S. Eisenberg, PhD; Robert M. Hodapp, PhD For many families of young children who are deaf, a cochlear implant may be the most viable option for promoting spoken language development. Children may qualify for a cochlear implant as young as 12 months if they have demonstrated minimal benefit from conventional amplification. In order for oral language to occur, however, parents need to be fully involved in their children’s early-intervention program. This article presents 2 family constructs that are associated with language learning in young children with cochlear implants: parental involvement and maternal self efficacy. After reviewing the theoretical and clinical applications of these family constructs, we provide practical suggestions for professionals working with families who have young children with cochlear implants. Key words: cochlear implant, early intervention, self-efficacy, parental involvement, parent-facilitative language strategies, natural learning environment
To discuss these articles, please simply click "Infants and Young Children" on the ISEI Home Page (www.isei.washington.edu). These articles are in a .pdf format exactly as they are published in the journal itself and will be available to you on the Website until September 30, 2006.
I hope you find this effort to further expand communications among ISEI members interesting and rewarding.
Michael J. Guralnick, Ph.D.
Director, Center on Human Development and Disability
Professor of Psychology and Pediatrics
University of Washington, Box 357920
Seattle, WA 98195-7920
Phone: (206) 543-2832
Fax: (206) 543-3417