Cultural Sensitivity In Home Intervention

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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
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The process of providing home-based early intervention services to families in their homes benefits in that parents do not have to organize child care, transportation or time off from their work to attend a centred-based intervention (Sweet & Appelbaum, 2004). Home-based early intervention services vary alongside many dimensions, which include the kinds of families who are being helped, targeted outcomes or behaviors, length and intensity of services, ages of children targeted, kinds of facilities being delivered, and approaches of assigning families to specific treatment groups (Sweet & Appelbaum, 2004). Over the years home-based early intervention programs have been focusing on cross-cultural competence. Cultural competence within home-based early intervention services has professionals respond respectfully and effectively to children and families of all cultures, languages, classes, races, ethnic backgrounds, religions, and other diversity factors (Lam & Cipparrone, 2008). There has been seen an increase in family and professional relationships due to home-based early intervention services where parents and early interventionists try working together and involving the parents more in the services for the betterment of the child. It is essential for professionals to be culturally sensitive when intervening with the child and their family to allow them to feel included, the intervention services are culturally diverse, allowing parents and children to speak their first language, being respectful towards their culture without any biases and etc. Home-based early intervention services are providing more family-centred practices where they try to involve the parents more in the child’s intervention

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