Collaborating with researchers at the University of Kansas, Assistant Professor Pamela Epley investigated family outcomes of early intervention services for infants and toddlers with disabilities. Interested in both immediate and longer-term outcomes, she is examined whether the quality of early intervention services predicted families’ ability to understand their child’s strengths and needs, help their children learn and develop, effectively advocate for their child, and access community services and programs. She also examined whether the quality of early intervention services affected families’ overall quality of life and the relationship between immediate outcomes of services and quality of life.
Epley’s research reinforces the importance of family supports and services for families of young children with disabilities by suggesting that when early intervention services meet families’ needs, families experience both immediate outcomes and enhanced quality of life.
The research was published in the Journal of Early Intervention in September 2011.Download Family Outcomes of Early Intervention: Families’ Perceptions of Need, Services, and Outcomes [PDF, 20pg]