Early Childhood Intervention in Austria
The situation of early childhood intervention in Austria is analysed on diverse systems level (legal situation, organisation, concrete procedure. Children with disability or at risk of being disabled qualify for early childhood intervention as well as partly and to some extent also children in the context of socially disadvantaged families. Based on nine provincial laws, the structure of early childhood intervention in Austria is heterogeneous. A consensus regarding key terms, the age of the child (0- 3 or 6), and home-based services exists. Future challenges focus on early identification of vulnerable target groups by increased communication with community based networks (social worker, mental health specialists) as the number of children with unspecific developmental delays or vulnerability will increase (www.strong-kids.eu).
Early Childhood Intervention , systems development , Austria