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MAYORGA-FERNANDEZ, M.ª José; MADRID-VIVAR, Dolores  and  GARCIA-MARTINEZ, M.ª Pilar. Learning to work with Families with Early Intervention Support: a case study. Escritos de Psicología [online]. 2015, vol.8, n.2, pp.52-60. ISSN 1989-3809.

The main aim of the present case study was to identify the needs of families attending Childhood Early Intervention Centres, because professionals working in this setting have noted the low level of participation in the programs offered. An investigation tool was designed to gather information on their needs. In total, 58 families participated in the project. A first descriptive analysis of the data was conducted, followed by an inferential one. Of these families, 55.7% considered the Childhood Early Intervention Centre to be the right setting to foster participation, and 67.24% considered that these spaces should be permanent. Implementing a support program for families and between families would be easier in a Childhood Early Intervention Centre, because parents focus on their children and their needs when they attend these centres. These support programs can be used to provide the needed support and the emotional and communication space in order to network "expert" families and families facing such issues for the first time. An upcoming challenge is to design and implement such a support program.

Keywords : Childhood Early Intervention Centers; Family Support; Needs Detection.

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