Family Engagement Practices in Early Intervention: A Review of Three Countries

  • Serra AcarEmail author
  • Ching-I Chen
  • Huichao Xie
Part of the Advancing Inclusive and Special Education in the Asia-Pacific book series (AISEAP)


This chapter aims to explore evidence-based family engagement and/or empowerment practices during early intervention/early childhood special education (EI/ECSE) in three international settings: Singapore, Taiwan, and Turkey. In these countries, the EI/ECSE program is a system of coordinated services that supports the referral, evaluation, and services for children with disabilities ages birth to 6 and their families. Family engagement is an umbrella term with key components that include (a) equal partnership; (b) individualized intervention for children and families; (c) culturally, linguistically, socially, and economically responsive practices; (d) trained service providers; and (e) supportive program administrators. Research studies have shown that family engagement in EI/ECSE yields better outcomes for families and their children. This study will provide a systematic review of family engagement practices in EI/ECSE system in the above countries.


Family engagement International Early childhood Early intervention Policies 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of Massachusetts BostonBostonUSA
  2. 2.Kent State UniversityKentUSA
  3. 3.Nanyang Technological UniversityUniversitySingaporeSingapore

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