Situational analysis of services for babies and young children with disabilities in the Republic of Serbia, Development of services for early childhood interventions: opportunities and challenges, explores the status of early intervention services in Serbia.
The electronic edition of the publication was prepared in the framework of the project “Creating the conditions for the development of a comprehensive early intervention system for children in early childhood in Serbia", which was supported by the Foundation for an Open Society and UNICEF in Serbia.
Interventions in early childhood are a cross-sectoral, interdisciplinary and integrated national system of providing professional services to children from birth up to three years of age (sometimes five) with developmental delays, disorders, atypical behavior, social and emotional difficulties, and small children that have a high probability to experience a developmental delay due to malnutrition, chronic illness or some other biological or the environmental factor in which they live. Services are conceived according to the family's priorities and the needs of the child, and the intervention is carried out in the child's natural environment, such as his home, kindergarten, community center, play area or any other environment in which there are children without any delays or disturbances in development.
Providing early intervention services ensures the fulfillment of internationally established children's rights (the Convention on the Rights of the Child, 1989) and the key requirements of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD, 2006). Early interventions are the main foundation for providing inclusive education and the development of inclusive communities in which children of all levels of ability are considered equally valued and accepted.
In this situational analysis, the areas that are crucial for the development of the national system for early intervention in Serbia are examined.