Increasing the Effectiveness of Early Intervention Practices for Young Children with Visual Impairment

Cigdem Sahin


Although the importance of early intervention programs for visually impaired young children is widely recognized, there is a lack of knowledge about the practical implications of these programs. The primary purpose of the study was to explore the related literature on early intervention practices targeting visually impaired young children and their families. This study reviewed the current research, practices, approaches, and strategies to engage these children and their families, and identified the gaps that should be addressed by future research. The review highlighted the importance of initial screening and its standardization, customization of early intervention programs and parental support practices, education of early intervention specialists, and emotional support and peer groups for children and parents. By synthesizing the academic and grey literature, this study presented a comprehensive discussion and provided significant implications particularly to researchers, healthcare administrators, and policymakers involved in improving the quality of life of visually impaired young children.

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