Developmental Status and Early Intervention Service Needs of Maltreated Children. Review of Previous Research


A literature review was completed to describe the most common problems that maltreated infants and toddlers experience and to highlight the benefits of early interventions for this population.  The review contains two parts:

  1. Part 1 highlights common developmental problems in health, cognitive, emotional, social, and psychological functioning of young maltreated children.  These developmental difficulties are often ignored because of other service needs, namely safety and permanency.
  2. Part 2 discusses the potential benefits of early intervention options for maltreated children through highlighting common treatment formats.

The purpose of the literature review was to help inform this project and to also serve as a document that could be used by Part C and child welfare workers and managers who are responsible for referring and assessing maltreated children.

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