Early Intervention: Putting the Pieces Together

Date of Award

Winter 12-1-2023

Document Type

Project (696 or 796 registration)

Degree Name

Master of Science in Special Education


Graduate Studies

Committee Chair

Shirley Johnson


early intervention, referral, collaboration, coaching



There is an abundance of research that supports the notion of early intervention. However, referrals for early intervention are not always made when there are concerns regarding a young child’s development. The concern arises as this contradicts what research shows: the child’s brain develops at a rapid rate during the first three years of their life. A wait-and-see model is not effective. This paper explores the importance of early intervention, the benefits of early intervention, and effective practices of early intervention to support families and enhance children’s development.

Keywords: early intervention, referral, collaboration, coaching

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