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Children's Medical Services - Special services for children with special needs
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Module Two: Lesson Three

Component #4: Effective Home Visits

Component Practice

Effective Home Visits

Providing emotional, informational, and material support to families as the basis for family-centered home-based early intervention, and attending to the complex, interrelated needs of developing children and their families.

Support-Based Home Visits

Father crawling with daughters on his backMany home visits are little more than a clinic-based model dumped on the living room floor. Many involve a toy bag. Many ignore the complex, interrelated needs of developing children and their families. An alternative is based on the view of support as the goals of services.

Robin McWilliam has identified the following purposes for effective home visits:

  • To provide an alternative to dumping a clinic-based model on the living room floor
  • To support families in providing learning opportunities for their children
  • To attend to multiple needs in families
  • To make intervention efficient


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