Graduate Research Papers


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


Degree Name

Master of Arts in Education


Department of Curriculum and Instruction

First Advisor

Charles R. May


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