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Child care providers' competence and confidence in referring children at risk for developmental delays

Resource Type: Reports & Papers
Author(s): Branson, Diane; Bingham, Ann
Date Issued: January-March 2017
Description: Despite the benefits of early intervention for children, the majority of children with developmental delays are not identified prior to the age of 5 years. Child care providers could aid in recognition of children at risk for developmental delays; however, there is little research on this topic. This article reports on a qualitative research study used to investigate child care providers' ability to accurately assess child development and make appropriate referrals to Child Find agencies. Initial data analysis suggested that child care providers were able to recognize children at risk for developmental delays with or without using a standardized screening tool. The child care participants did not, however, always indicate that they would refer those children with whom they were concerned. Qualitative interview results revealed important supports that aid in child care providers identifying children at risk for developmental delays, as well as barriers that interfere with child care providers making appropriate referrals to Child Find agencies. (author abstract)
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Journal Title: Infants & Young Children
Volume Number: 30
Issue Number: 1
Page Range: 41-57
Topics: Children & Child Development > Child Development & School Readiness > Assessment & Measurement

Children & Child Development > Children with Special Needs & Special Child Populations > Children with Special Needs

Child Care & Early Education Provider Workforce
Country: United States
ISSN: 1550-5081 Online
0896-3746 Paper
Peer Reviewed: yes
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