An early intervention model for pediatric settings

James J. Reisinger*, John V. Lavigne

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Four groups of preschool children are likely to present to pediatricians in private or hospital practice: those with (a) developmental disabilities identifiable at a young age, (b) illnesses or handicaps, (c) temperamental traits predisposing to parent-child interaction problems, and (d) behavior problems. Parents view pediatricians as experts in child development and thus seek their guidance. Yet, many of these children will require treatment beyond the pediatrician's office. The Early Intervention Program (EIP) for Preschoolers and Parents is intended for such children. Organized into modules that focus on specific needs of the child and/or the parent-child interaction, EIP emphasizes parent training and skills development through applying behavioral-social learning principles. The modules include individual tutoring in speech and self-help skills, toddler management for behavioral compliance, and classrooms for developing school readiness skills and cooperative peer relationships. EIP is consistent with the treatment orientation of pediatricians and can serve as a useful training resource for pediatric residents. (15 ref) (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved).

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)582-590
Number of pages9
JournalProfessional Psychology: Research and Practice
Issue number4
StatePublished - Aug 1 1980


  • Early Intervention Program for Preschoolers &
  • Parents, treatment of physical &
  • behavioral problems, pediatricians
  • developmental &

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychology(all)

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