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Module Two: Lesson One

Introduction

Welcome to Module Two, Lesson One: Family-Centered Service Provision-Supporting Families to Meet the Developmental Needs of their Children. In this lesson, you will learn why Early Steps provides services and supports in the child's and family's everyday routines, activities, and places and how this approach enhances the family's, and other primary caregivers' competence, confidence, and capacity to meet the child's developmental needs and the family's desired outcomes. You will also learn about Dr. Robin McWilliam's five-component model for delivering early intervention in natural environments, and you will recognize the influences of this model on the Early Steps service delivery system. This lesson also covers the first component of the McWilliam's model, understanding the family ecology, and the specific Early Steps policies and procedures related to its implementation. Please read the objectives below and begin the lesson.

Objectives

Upon completion of this lesson, you will be able to:

  • Distinguish between a family-centered versus child-centered service delivery system.
  • State the three rationales for providing Early Steps supports and services in everyday routines, activities, and places.
  • Explain what the term "natural environment" means in the context of the Early Steps service delivery system.
  • Develop a script to describe the Early Steps service delivery philosophy to families, providers and other stakeholders.
  • Name the five components of the Early Intervention in Natural Environments: Five Component Model.
  • State the four problems in early intervention that the Early Intervention in Natural Environments: Five Component Model addresses.
  • Match a specific practice to each of the five components in the Early Intervention in Natural Environments: Five Component Model.
  • Explain why understanding the family ecology is important.
  • State the Early Steps policy and procedures for understanding the family ecology.

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