Home visiting in early intervention: Professionals perception in the north of Portugal
Journal for Educators, Teachers and Trainers,
2019, Volume 10, Issue 2, Pages -
AbstractThe Early Intervention carried out in the natural context of the child, particularly at home, has been presenting better and growing indicators of benefits, since it is an environment in which the child and family feel more comfortable and in which the professional considers establishing a more positive relationship with the family. Therefore, the purpose of this study was to understand, from the professionals' point of view, the set of benefits and fragilities for the families and for the professional, of Early Intervention support at home. For that purpose, a qualitative methodology was used, using the semi-structured interview as a data collection tool. Professionals report that families feel safer when they are supported in this context because they consider it a demurer and more private environment, thus allowing a greater proximity to the professional. They also consider that parents should be encouraged and empowered to participate actively in the whole support process, while emphasizing the need to enhance their skills and provide them with information and strategies that encourage them to participate. They highlight as fragility of home support, the difficulty of entering families' homes because they feel that they are invading their privacy.
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