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Module Two: Lesson One

The Five-Components of Early Intervention in Natural Environments

In his article, Early Intervention in Natural Environments: A Five-Component Model, Robin McWilliam introduces the label EINE to describe a model that has been previously labeled the INTEGRATE model (after Project INTEGRATE) or the McWilliam model. EINE can be pronounced eye-nuh, in the German manner. In German, it is one of the forms of the word one, which is not a bad image for an integrated approach to service delivery.

Dr. McWilliam has conceptualized early intervention in natural environments as consisting of five components (McWilliam, 2000). The five components provide a useful bridge between the philosophy and practice of providing early intervention services in natural environments. Early Steps embraces this model because it is not only a comprehensive, coordinated system of service delivery, based on philosophy and research, but that it also has practical steps to put the philosophy into practice. The five components are described below:

1. Understanding the Family Ecology
Establishing a positive relationship and emphasizing the principle that all growth and development take place within the context of relationships and viewing the child within in the context of the family environment.

2. Functional Intervention Planning
Stating IFSP outcomes as basic functional outcomes that the child will learn to enhance development and that are important to the family and other primary caregivers.

3. Integrated Services
Utilizing a primary service provider, based on child needs and family concerns and priorities, who works with the child and caregiver(s) and collaborates with other service providers on the team through consultation and joint home visits, resulting in an integrated, cohesive delivery of services.

4. Effective Home Visits
Providing emotional, informational, and material support to families as the basis for family-centered home-based early intervention, and attending to the complex, interrelated needs of developing children and their families.

5. Collaborative Consultation to Child Care
Using an individualized-within-routines approach with children in group care settings, which involves joining the child in whatever the child is engaged in, during regular classroom routines, demonstrating for the teaching staff, and learning from the teaching staff.


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