Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)



First Advisor

Dr. John Hill

Second Advisor

Dr. Cordelia Robinson

Third Advisor

Dr. Sandra Squires


A widely accepted characteristic of early intervention programs for handicapped infants and young children is the active involvement of the child's parents. Although the actual extent of parental involvement varies with programs, typically parents are assuming the role of instructor or presenter of developmentally based activities seeking to improve the skill levels of their developmentally delayed children. Simeonsson, Cooper and Scheiner, (1932) reviewed 27 programs focusing on intervention with "biologically impaired" infants and young children. Seventy percent of those programs specified a role for parents within the intervention for their children. The value of parent involvement is thought to be supported by this trend in early intervention programs.


A Thesis Presented to the Department of Counseling and Special Education and the Faculty of the Graduate College University of Nebraska In Partial Fulfillment of the Requirements for the Degree Master of Science University of Nebraska at Omaha. Copyright Jeanette A. Lengemann July, 1984

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