Abstract – Marilyn Espe-Sherwindt

I felt alone

Marilyn Espe-Sherwindt

Families tell us that having a child with a delay or disability can at times be a very lonely journey to make. How do we as early intervention providers respond? What is the importance of the other members of the family’s social network? How do we work together so that (1) parents have the time, energy, knowledge and skills to engage their children in everyday learning opportunities, and (2) parents leave early intervention feeling stronger, supported, and more hopeful about the future?