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Semin Pediatr Neurol. 1998 Mar;5(1):62-9.

Benefits of early intervention for children with developmental disabilities.

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School of Physical and Occupational Therapy, Department of Neurology, Montreal Children's Hospital-McGill University, Quebec, Canada.


Early intervention programs are designed to enhance the developmental competence of participants and to prevent or minimize developmental delays. Children targeted for early intervention may either include environmentally or biologically vulnerable children, or those with established developmental deficits. There is growing consensus based on the best available evidence that early interventions can exert moderate positive effects. However, this literature is limited by substantial methodological weaknesses in most studies. Therefore further randomized clinical trials are needed to ascertain which programs best meet the needs of children with or at risk for developmental disability.

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