Date of Award/Publication

Spring 2008

Document Type


Degree Name

MS in Special Education




The research for this action research paper was conducted for six months in the spring of 2008. The research focused on the benefits of early intervention for students with disabilities and was conducted to uncover if there are multiple benefits associated with beginning formal education before age three. This paper discusses multiple strategies and approaches for both teachers and parents to assist in teaching students with disabilities. This paper also includes insight into the availability of early intervention resources within the Rochester area. Through the use of a survey, parents and teachers were asked to describe their experiences with early intervention services for students with special needs. The research in this paper overwhelmingly showed that early intervention is an important component in special education. The research supported the idea that there are in fact multiple benefits associated with early intervention education that is vital for the success of students with special needs.

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