A mother-child interaction intervention for mothers of toddlers with visual impairments

SARICA A. D., Akcamete A. G., GÜRGÜR H.

International Journal of Early Childhood Special Education, vol.7, no.1, pp.151-169, 2015 (Scopus) identifier


This study aimed to develop a mother-child interaction intervention for Turkish mothers of toddlers with visual impairments (VI). An action research was conducted with two mother-child dyads in order to capture the mediating and impeding factors in an interaction intervention. Data were gathered via diaries, the Maternal Interactional Behavior Checklist, semi-structured interviews and all meetings and intervention sessions were audio and video taped. Inductive micro and macroanalyses were used in data analysis. Findings showed improvements in attainment and generalization of target maternal interactional behaviors which in turn resulted in improved child interactional behaviors. Results also shed light on the mediating and the impeding factors regarding the procedures undertaken during the course of the study; including the target maternal behaviors, the instructional context and the setting. Taken together, the impact of a systematic parent-child interaction intervention in the field of VI for Turkish mother-child dyads was shown for all participants with important implications for future research.