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Understanding Parent Perceptions of Developmental Delays and Early Interventions Using a Common-Sense Model Approach

Hannah Badal

PhD Candidate
Media, Technology, and Society Program

Department of Communication Studies
Northwestern University

Developmental delays are increasingly common in children, however most toddlers with developmental delays are not identified as young as possible. Most investigations and interventions focus on knowledge deficits, however, interventions that utilize behavior theory to guide messaging are more effective. Using the common sense model (CSM), this study explored parents’ cognitive and emotional representations of developmental delays and early intervention service uptake. Results from this study may be used to create messages that promote discussions between parents and pediatricians about developmental concerns and uptake of early intervention services.

Presentation date: November 28, 2018.