Meaning of family-centered in early intervention. Answer the following questions and separate the answers
1. In your own words, what does it mean to be “family-centered” in early intervention?
2. Choose a quote from Lily’s story in the Lee reading. In one to two paragraphs, share your impressions/interpretations of this quote and why it was important or notable to you. In what ways does the quote you chose reflect (or NOT reflect) family-centered practice?
3. Which podcast did you listen to? What are your main take-aways from that podcast?
For Q#1, I struggle to make the connection between ‘family centered’ and intervention here. Write a bit more by also including how the educators or interventionists suppose to work with the families.
For Q#2, can you pick a direct quote from Lee’s reading and make a connection to the family-centered practice?
For Q#3, the podcast must be from the module’s learning material page.
Family-centred care (FCC) has been established as a best practice model for child disability services internationally. However, further empirical support is required to explore the operationalization and efficacy of FCC, in the absence of a universal practice model. This review aimed to identify the key processes and outcomes of FCC in early intervention (EI) settings and the factors that impact FCC.
A systemic review was conducted exploring the processes and outcomes of FCC delivered to children predominantly aged 0-6 years with disabilities/suspected disabilities and families as part of EI or early services. The search procedure was informed by the Preferred Reporting Items for Systematic Reviews and Meta-Analyses (PRISMA) guidelines (Moher et al., 2009).
Narrative analysis of data was guided by Braun and Clarke (2006, 2014). Data were presented as per the standards for reporting qualitative research (SRQR; O’Brien et al., 2014). Forty-two studies were included. The majority (90.5%) outlined the processes of FCC, with 59.5% of studies detailing outcomes.
Processes were largely reported as qualitative data and/or subscales of the Measure of Processes of Care (MPOC; King et al., 1995), which were subsequently collated. Findings indicated eight key operational processes and corresponding outcomes. Variables that hinder or facilitate FCC included family/professional characteristics, family/service resources, and parent attitudes, engagement and agency. FCC was largely conceptualized as the application of services to children and their families.
Critical perspectives on FCC are discussed. It is hoped this research will contribute to the development of a framework of FCC in EI to inform services provided to young children with complex needs and their families and future research.