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Dissertation - NSU Access Only

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Doctor of Education


Center for the Advancement of Education


Georgianna H. Lowen


Early Intervention, Compensatory Education, Prevention, Special Needs, Parent Education, Parent Workshops, Parent Participation, Developmental Stages, Readiness.


This practicum aimed to provide intervention to preschoolers found at-risk for academic difficulties using a developmentally appropriate curriculum to increase their developmental levels; training for their parents to enhance their parenting skills and knowledge to ensure stability of their children's developmental gains. The writer coordinated three preschool units in two school districts involving three teachers, three aides, and a speech and hearing specialist providing high quality preschool education to 157 preschoolers; 67 of whom were identified as academically at-risk. Seven training workshops were conducted for the parents to enhance their parenting skills. Pre and posttest data were taken to determine the developmental gains made by the children. Results indicated remarkable success in early intervention. Significant gains were seen in the children's development in the areas of cognition, self-care, language, socio-emotional, perceptual-fine motor and gross motor functions. Parents demonstrated active involvement in their children's development; increased their parenting skills and knowledge in early childhood development.

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