Volume 20, Issue 4 (1991)
Professional Preparation of School Psychologists for Family-Centered Service Delivery to At-Risk Infants and Toddlers
Susan Epps, Barbara J. Jackson
Abstract:Passage of PL 99-457 in 1986 provided incentive for service delivery to at-risk and developmentally delayed infants and toddlers. Consequently,psychologists with interdisciplinary experience are needed to provide specialized services to these young children and their families and to conduct applied research in early intervention. As the number of infants at risk for developmental disabilities increases due to life prolonging technology, competency-based professional preparation is essential in medically complex situations. In order to make substantive contributions in addressing health care, education, and family needs,psychologists need expertise in alternative models of service delivery as well as training within the framework of an interdisciplinary focus, with significant attention to the changing needs of families. A federal & funded personnel preparation project supporting the implementation of an educational and clinical sequence in handicapped, medically complex, and at-risk infant and toddler specialization is described. Vehicles of professional development are addressed including courses and seminars, clinical rotations, and research activities.Implications for trainers and practicing psychologists and the importance of familiarity with at-risk children are discussed.
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