A Consultative Itinerant Approach to Service Delivery: Considerations for the Early Childhood Community Purpose This article, written by experts in itinerant early childhood special education, describes and differentiates approaches to itinerant early childhood special education as a primary service delivery option. Consultative itinerant early childhood special education services, in particular, are a means of ensuring that young children with disabilities have access to ... Clinical Forum
Clinical Forum  |   October 01, 2009
A Consultative Itinerant Approach to Service Delivery: Considerations for the Early Childhood Community
 
Author Affiliations & Notes
  • Laurie Dinnebeil
    University of Toledo, Toledo, OH
  • Kristie Pretti-Frontczak
    Kent State University, Kent, OH
  • William McInerney
    University of Toledo
  • Contact author: Laurie Dinnebeil, University of Toledo, Early Childhood, Physical, Special Education, 2801 West Bancroft Street, MS 914, Toledo, OH 43606. E-mail: laurie.dinnebeil@utoledo.edu.
Article Information
Development / Special Populations / School-Based Settings / Professional Issues & Training / Attention, Memory & Executive Functions / Clinical Forum
Clinical Forum   |   October 01, 2009
A Consultative Itinerant Approach to Service Delivery: Considerations for the Early Childhood Community
Language, Speech, and Hearing Services in Schools, October 2009, Vol. 40, 435-445. doi:10.1044/0161-1461(2008/08-0028)
History: Received March 1, 2008 , Revised July 15, 2008 , Accepted August 5, 2008
 
Language, Speech, and Hearing Services in Schools, October 2009, Vol. 40, 435-445. doi:10.1044/0161-1461(2008/08-0028)
History: Received March 1, 2008; Revised July 15, 2008; Accepted August 5, 2008
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Purpose This article, written by experts in itinerant early childhood special education, describes and differentiates approaches to itinerant early childhood special education as a primary service delivery option. Consultative itinerant early childhood special education services, in particular, are a means of ensuring that young children with disabilities have access to the general early childhood curriculum as offered in community-based programs.

Method A discussion of the empirical literature that supports a consultative approach, literature that focuses on behavioral consultation and principles of distributed practice and embedded learning opportunities, is included. In addition, this article outlines a set of assumptions that program personnel make when implementing a consultative itinerant approach to service delivery. The need for and challenges associated with a consultative itinerant approach are discussed.

Conclusion Itinerant early childhood special educators face similar challenges as speech-language pathologists with regard to providing high-quality interventions to children in inclusive settings.

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