Date of Award

Spring 5-2017

Degree Type


Degree Name


Degree Program

Special Education


Special Education and Habilitative Services

Major Professor

Dr. Linda Flynn-Wilson

Second Advisor

Dr. Jan Janz

Third Advisor

Dr. Marc Bonis

Fourth Advisor

Dr. Kate Reynolds


This survey-based, quantitative research investigated Early Intervention teachers' perception about Early Intervention services in Mecca Region in The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. This research focused on three dimensions of Early Intervention including attitude toward Early Intervention services, the cultural influences in the provision of services, and the recommended practices that were used by professionals. Two options were offered to subjects to complete the survey: 1) an online survey and 2) a hard copy of the survey which was distributed to teachers in Early Intervention Centers. The majority of the participants completed the online survey. Data was collected and analyzed. The results showed that the teachers in Mecca Region in Saudi Arabia did not follow recommended practices. However, they had positive attitudes about Early Intervention services and indicated that they considered the culture of the children and families when determining curriculum and services in their programs.


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