Date of Award


Document Type

Research Paper

Superseded Degree Name

Master of Arts in Education (Special Education)

Colleges & School

Cardinal Stritch College

Degree Granted By

Cardinal Stritch College

First Advisor

Sister Joanne Marie Kliebhan, O.S.F.

Library of Congress Subject Heading

Children with disabilities--Education (Preschool); Children with disabilities--Services for


When Public Law 99-457, the Education of the Handicapped Amendments became a reality, it challenged early intervention professionals to reexamine models for team intervention. To be effective in serving the diverse and complex needs of young children with handicaps and their families, teams will need to analyize their own structure and function, arriving at a consensus about their teams goals and then choose a model of team interaction that allows these goals to best be met. Although there are numerous models teams could adopt, it is the belief of the author that the transdisciplinary approach appears to be the most effective. There are a myriad of team approaches cited in the literature to date. This paper was written specifically on the approach originally developed by the United Cerebral Palsy Collaborative Infant Program in 1976 which since then, has been expounded upon by numerous professionals. The purpose of the study was to conduct an in-depth investigation into the efficacy of the transdisciplinary model; its application and effectiveness as well as its drawbacks and inadequacies. The research provided an overview of the model's structure and function and provided information on its Transdisciplinary Model 7 application. Precautions as well as strategies to overcome concerns have been cited. Although the transdisciplinary model could be implemented with any age or disability group, the author chose to focus on its effectiveness with early childhood age children with handicaps and their families.


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