Making a Case for Early Intervention: The Role of Developmental Neuroscience

  • Niamh StackEmail author
Part of the Educating the Young Child book series (EDYC, volume 7)


Early intervention refers to a wide range of programmes designed to augment the development of children from at-risk populations or with developmental disabilities. However this term incorporates a diverse range of government and local intervention programmes, and their efficacy and appropriate resourcing are much-debated issues within the literature and in public and policy discourses. This chapter will consider the implications of findings from the field of developmental neuroscience for evaluating and enhancing these programmes. It will discuss how advances in our understanding of neurobiological issues, such as neural plasticity, synaptic pruning and sensitive periods, might inform policy and practice in this area.


Autistic Spectrum Disorder Early Intervention Head Start Enrich Environment Parental Leave 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of PsychologyUniversity of GlasgowGlasgowUK

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