Cultural Sensitivity During Home Based Early Intervention Services

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Cultural Sensitivity

There has been a major increase in home-based early intervention services beimg more culturally sensitive towards the children and families that they deal with and this is very important. As the years pass the population of families with children who have a disability, mental health issue and who are delayed become more socioculturally, linguistically, ethnically, and diverse. It is expected that interventionists work well with families who challenge them to provide home-based intervention services in different, but still culturally sensitive ways (Gardiner, 2011). Early interventionists and professionals who are working with culturally diverse families must know how to respectfully interact with them, effectively incorporate their unique beliefs, values and practices to best meet their needs into service delivery (Gardiner, 2011). Further more, in research it is stated that successful culturally sensitive home-based early intervention services that include cultural norms and roles, mother tongue or first language in sessions and handouts, and multilingual facility providers, can result in enhanced parenting, involvement, coping, and advocacy with families of children who have a disability or who are delayed (Gardiner, 2011). Home-based early intervention services and the interventionists have the responsibility to comprehend and understand each family’s culture from a basis of respect and gratitude by showing diversity (Thompson & Koley, 2014). The…

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