The Need For Family-Centered Care (Fcc) Early Intervention For Infants And Toddlers At Risk Of Disabilities

Research Article
Badr Hasan Sobaih
Family centered care, children with disability, early intervention.

Family centered care (FCC) is part of an early intervention program provided to families of infants and toddlers with disabilities which is an essential component of high-quality early intervention services. It is estimated that around 300,000 children in the United States of America from birth to 3 years of age are affected by developmental disabilities. Unfortunately, the incidence is on the rise due to advancement in the care of sick newborns and neonates which eventually lead to increased survival rates of such infants. The increment in financial and socio-medical burden on governments and communities lead hospitals to change their strategies towards early hospital discharge of fragile neonates and children. FCC was found to be an ultimate solution to appropriately follow these children by involving their families to work with health professionals as partners collaborating in well designed early intervention program to meet all medical, social, financial, and psychological needs of both children and their families. There is significant lack of such unique service in developing and underdeveloped countries worldwide accompanied by insufficient data and research. In conclusion, a lot of efforts must be made in order to adopt such program to support children with disabilities and their families.