Open Access Graduate Research Paper
Home and school--United States; Home-based family services--United States; Children with disabilities--Education (Early childhood)--United States;
This paper is a review of the literature concerning home visits as a means of team building with families with children who have special needs. The primary focus is to consider the needs, problems, and guidelines for conducting home visits. Home visits have a lengthy history in early childhood education. They offer some unique insights and opportunities for educators and families. Careful planning and follow-up is necessary for a successful program.
Criticisms of home visits concern primarily the issues of limited financial resources and time constraints. Planning, scheduling, and conducting the visit are discussed in this paper; also, a discussion of and the need for additional resource information are given. Evaluation of the process is an ongoing procedure.
The intent of the paper is to offer a balanced view of the criticism and support concerning home visits with families with children having special needs. It delineates the real problems evaluators face in preparing and implementing a home visit program. In addition, the study offers recommendations for providing adequate resources for program implementation, recognizing the importance of the family strength-based model, and understanding family and teacher roles in the process.
Year of Submission
Master of Arts in Education
Department of Curriculum and Instruction
Charles R. May
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©2000 Linda S. Jacoby
Jacoby, Linda S., "Home visits : building a team approach with families with children with special needs" (2000). Graduate Research Papers. 894.