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Children with disabilities--Rehabilitation; Family psychotherapy; Marriage counseling;


This literature review begins by discussing the background and history of family-centered early intervention. State monitoring reports from the Office of Special Education Programs are discussed as evidence that there is a need for education and clarification regarding family-centered early intervention. Various viewpoints are reviewed regarding the definition and principles of family-centered services. The process of family-centered services is then discussed with a focus on assessment service delivery, and evaluation of services. In the discussion of family-centered assessment, the concept of family-centered assessment is discussed and various tools used in completing family-centered assessment are described. In the discussion of service delivery, various studies are described that clarify how to deliver services in a family-centered manner. Finally, evaluation of family-centered services is discussed on two levels: evaluating the family-centeredness of services and evaluating the outcome of family- centered services. Useful tools for evaluating the family-centeredness of services are described and various authors viewpoints regarding evaluation of outcomes are presented.

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Degree Name

Master of Arts in Education


Department of Educational Psychology and Foundations

First Advisor

Charlotte M. Haselhuhn


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