Module Two: Lesson One
Rationale Three: Practicality
The new approach is not just about the law. It reflects the core mission of early intervention and Early Steps, which is to provide support to families to help their children develop to their fullest potential, and allows children and families to more fully participate in their communities. It also presents a common sense approach to providing services as reflected in the statements below.
- The services and supports families of children with special needs receive within the natural context of their family, home, and community increase their feelings of competency and reduce stress.
- The provision of services in natural settings and during daily routines and activities fosters the use and development of natural supports in a family's social and cultural network. This approach promotes the family's full participation in community life.
- The community benefits from opportunities to become acquainted with families and their children with developmental disabilities. Such opportunities promote a public understanding of special needs.
- When parents and other caregivers identify and promote learning opportunities within daily activities and routines using available materials and resources, the child has more opportunities to experience and practice new skills.
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