As the 1990s draw to a close, the young field of EI/ECSE can be proud of its productive beginnings. It continues to respond to the federal mandate to provide services to children with disabilities at a younger age and in a more comprehensive fashion. The challenge for the next decade will be to provide the most effective interventions possible to young children with special needs. As a field, what must take place is the identification of a set of practices that are most effective based on broadly accepted criteria, the systematic dissemination of those instructional strategies to practitioners, and the infusion of those practices into programs of professional preparation.
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