Date of Award


Degree Type


Degree Name

Departmental Honors


Special Education and Rehabilitation


This study surveyed Utah families who are currently enrolled in six different early intervention programs for their children 0-3 years of age with special needs. The purpose of this study was to examine how skills and qualities families felt were important in their early interventionists changed in order to determine what skills and qualities were most important to different demographics of families. Participating families filled out a questionnaire which rated the degree to which they found various skills and qualities important for an early intervention practitioner to possess, as well as the perceived frequency with which early interventionists used said skills. Data were analyzed to determine how the skills and qualities families felt were important were different for different age groups of children, and how skills and qualities that families felt were important were different with the length of time the families had been enrolled in an early intervention program.



Faculty Mentor

Barbara Fiechtl

Departmental Honors Advisor

Barbara Fiechtl