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ROSARIO, Helena; LEAL, Teresa; PINTO, Ana Isabel  and  SIMEONSSON, Rune J.. The utility of the International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health: Versions for children and youth (ICF-CY) in early intervention and special education contexts. Psicologia [online]. 2009, vol.23, n.2, pp.129-139. ISSN 0874-2049.

This paper discusses the utility of the International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health - Children and Youth - ICF-CY (WHO, 2007) in the scope of Early Intervention and Early Childhood Special Education. We will discuss the relevance of the ICF-CY as an operationalization of an unifying and comprehensive theoretical approach. This approach describes the person’s functioning while taking into account individual participation, based on an interactive person-environment process, thus overcoming shortcomings of the diagnostic approaches to development. The general lines of research that are being developed at the Faculdade de Psicologia e de Ciências da Educação da Universidade do Porto, concerning the utility of the classification in the assessment-intervention process in Early Intervention and Early Childhood Special Education will be presented.

Keywords : functioning; classification; early intervention; early childhood special education.

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