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Portage Project

The Portage Project was introduced in 1969 to meet the need to provide services in a rural community to young children with disabilities. Portage is known for early intervention and development of intervention systems in the community. The Portage model is recognized for providing a consistent structure to the content and conduct of a home visit as well as teaching parents how to teach and interact with their child. Since its inception, the model has been adapted for children at risk for developmental delays and families needing parenting skills.

Developers of the Portage Project emphasized direct involvement of parents in the intervention for several reasons. Parents should understand that a child’s development is sequential in nature. They must also believe that their child’s development can be ...

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