Why Early Intervention Works: A Systems Perspective

Infants Young Child. 2011 Jan 1;24(1):6-28. doi: 10.1097/IYC.0b013e3182002cfe.


A systems perspective is put forward designed to place the many diverse conceptual and practice approaches and accomplishments in the early intervention field within a common framework. Complex reciprocal patterns of influence are described emphasizing risk and protective factors operating at 3 levels: child social and cognitive competence, family patterns of interaction, and family resources. It is argued that this framework can provide an understanding with respect to why early intervention works when it does as well as establish a new assessment and intervention approach firmly grounded in developmental science.