Role of the pediatrician in family-centered early intervention services

A. D. Sandler, D. Brazdziunas, W. C. Cooley, L. González de Pijem, D. Hirsch, T. A. Kastner, M. E. Kummer, R. D. Quint, E. S. Ruppert, W. C. Anderson, B. Crider, P. Burgan, C. Garner, M. McPherson, L. Michaud, M. Yeargin-Allsopp, J. D. Cartwright, C. P. Johnson, K. Smith

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There is growing evidence that early intervention services have had a positive influence on the developmental outcome of children with established disabilities or those considered "at risk" for disabilities and their families. Various federal and state statutes now mandate that community-based, coordinated, multidisciplinary, family-centered programs be established, which are accessible to serve children and families in need. The pediatrician, in close collaboration with the family and the early intervention team, plays a critical role in guiding the clinical and developmental aspects of the early intervention services provided. This role can be best served in the context of providing a medical home for children with special health care needs. The purpose of this statement is to assist the pediatrician in assuming a proactive role on the multidisciplinary team providing early intervention services.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1155-1157
Number of pages3
Issue number5
StatePublished - May 2001

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health

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