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Module Two: Lesson Three


In the first two lessons of the Early Steps Orientation Module Two you were introduced to Robin McWilliam's Early Intervention in Natural Environments (EINE) - Five Component Model.

Four Principles of the EINE Model

The first two components of the model, Understanding the Family Ecology and Functional Intervention Planning, were presented. You also learned that the EINE model uses transdisciplinary home visits as the best approach to achieve caregiver competence and confidence.

For children spending considerable time during the week in classrooms (e.g., child care settings), professional supports are best provided, according to this model, through integrated services. Integrated therapy and special instruction lead to embedded interventions, which is what can have an impact on positive child outcomes. The model therefore shows that professional supports are most effectively used in working with the adults who can make a difference in the child's life.

We will begin this lesson by discussing the primary service provider approach which is critical to achieving integrated services delivery, the third component of the EINE model.

Note: The material on the EINE model included in this lesson is extracted directly from both Robin McWilliam's Early Steps teleconference presented in August, 2004, and his article entitled, Early Intervention in Natural Environments: A Five-Component Model, For the references cited by Dr. McWilliam, please see the full version of the article in the Resource Bank.


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