Early Childhood Intervention and Early Childhood Special Education in Turkey Within the Scope of the Developmental System Approach


Diken I. H. , Bayhan P., Turan F., Sipal R. F. , Sucuoglu B. , Ceber-Bakkaloglu H., ...More

INFANTS & YOUNG CHILDREN, vol.25, no.4, pp.346-353, 2012 (Journal Indexed in SSCI) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 25 Issue: 4
  • Publication Date: 2012
  • Doi Number: 10.1097/iyc.0b013e318268541d
  • Title of Journal : INFANTS & YOUNG CHILDREN
  • Page Numbers: pp.346-353

Abstract

The purpose of this article was to provide an overview of early childhood intervention and early childhood special education (ECI/ECSE) services and practices in Turkey by using the Developmental System Approach (M. J. Guralnick, 2001). After pointing out the history of early childhood and ECI/ECSE services and current legislations with regard to ECI/ECSE in Turkey, the article focuses on ECI/ECSE practices in Turkey. Although ECI/ECSE legislative acts have been in place since 1980s, there are critical issues regarding the provision of systematic ECI/ECSE both to young children with developmental delays or at risk for developmental delays and to their families. These issues include lack of a model system approach, lack of assessment tools and curricula, and lack of qualified personnel. Future recommendations for ECI/ECSE are provided.