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CanChild publishes: Reflections On “Disability” and Development: Do We Have the Right Focus?

CanChild Centre for Childhood Disability Research at McMaster University publishes thought pieces which reflect on different topics related to childhood disability research. In this Reflections On... piece, Dr. Peter Rosenbaum proposes an approach to developmental disability in which professionals focus their attention on child development as the primary guiding principle by which to offer advice, intervention, and counseling to parents.

The approach's emphasis would be to promote capabilities and strengths, and encourage families to provide an environment that supports a positive view of their child's emerging capacities, even when how they do things is possibly different. It is hoped these perspectives may encourage further discussion and research into a strengths-based and developmental focus on 'developmental disability'. Click to view.

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Institute for Applied Health Sciences,
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Tags: capabilities approach, Canada, childhood disability, developmental disability, CanChild, child development
Published Oct. 15, 2013 1:55 PM