Practice Prompt: Children in Immigrant and Refugee Families: Recognizing Developmental Risk at an Early Age.
University of Minnesota. Center for Advanced Studies in Child Welfare.
Published: February 2010
University of Minnesota Center for Advanced Studies in Child Welfare.
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Designed to assist in the early identification of children in immigrant families who may be at-risk for developmental delays, this practice prompt reviews normative development from ages 9 months to 4 years and signs that require an immediate evaluation. Cross-cultural considerations when working with refugee and immigrant families are addressed, and intervention strategies are recommended for promoting help-seeking behaviors, improving child and family services to immigrant families, supporting the mental health needs of traumatized young children, and engaging and supporting parents. Services available under Part C of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act are noted, and a list of additional resources is provided. 3 references.
immigrants; refugees; children; child development; delayed development; early intervention programs; cultural competency; service delivery