Early Intervention

What Does It Mean?
  • T. Berry Brazelton


Coincident with our increasing capacity for conquering physical disease we have become sensitized to our capacity for (1) prevention of many physical and psychological disorders and (2) the mitigation of their effects on the quality of life for affected individuals. Our attitudes toward handicap and disease have been changing rapidly in the past two decades. Prevention, intervention, quality of life are becoming catchwords for the disciplines which are concerned with medical and psychological disorders. Plasticity, the capacity of a developing organism to find pathways around a deficit, has dawned upon many researchers and clinicians as if it were a new concept. Often this “new” awareness has come without a deep enough understanding of its mechanisms.


Recovery Curve Normal Infant Alert State Grief Reaction Reflex Behavior 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • T. Berry Brazelton
    • 1
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  1. 1.Child Development UnitChildren’s Hospital Medical CenterBostonUSA
  2. 2.Harvard Medical SchoolBostonUSA

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