Early intervention (EI) services for children with disabilities used to be provided in an office, clinic, or a special center. Now, by law, children from birth to 36 months who have or are at risk for developmental delays are entitled to receive EI services in their natural environments. Natural environments are settings that include the same activities and routines that children of similar ages without disabilities take part in. The activities might take place at home or other places the family and the child go during the course of their everyday lives. An EI service provider helps parents adapt daily routines and activities.
This topical guide on natural environments will introduce you to important books, videos, and information resources available from the EI Clearinghouse.
You can ask your local public librarian how to obtain these books or contact us to request them.
- Natural Environments and Inclusion
Susan Rebecka Sandall & Michaelene Ostrosky (Eds.)
HQ 778.5.N285 55220314
Division for Early Childhood of the Council for Exceptional Children, 2000.
This short book addresses the importance of natural environments and inclusion. Chapters include “It’s Only Natural…to Have Early Intervention in the Environments Where It’s Needed” and “Interest-Based Natural Learning Opportunities.” The last chapter titled “Resources within Reason: Natural Environments and Inclusion” includes lists of books, videos, and Web sites.
You can ask your local public librarian how to obtain these videos or contact us to request them.
The journal titles linked below will take you to the publisher's homepage. You can ask your local public librarian how to obtain these articles or contact us
for more information.
- ASHA Leader, 13: 14-21
Providing early intervention services in natural environments.
J. Woods. (2008).
- Exceptional Parent, 38(12), 75-77
Strategies to Help Children with Special Needs Enjoy Successful Community Outings
Alan Harchik & Patricia Ladew. (2008)
Noting that even uneventful days at home can be challenging for a child with a developmental delay, the authors discuss how parents can help their child have positive experiences with people and places in their community.
- Young Exceptional Children, 5(3), 21-24
Natural Environments: A Letter from a Mother to Friends, Families, and Professionals
Lorna Mullis. (2002)
A mother of a son with Down Syndrome discusses how her family and child care providers work with him in natural environments to support his learning in daily activities. She urges other parents to keep trying until they find the right match that works for their family.
The web resources listed below provide quick and easy access to evidence-based online information.