A Guidebook: Early Intervention Supports and Services in Everyday Routines, Activities, and Places in Colorado

Early Childhood Connections

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This guidebook describes a vision for early intervention services to assist communities in assuring quality supports and services for infants and toddlers and their families throughout Colorado. It begins by stating six guiding principles: (1) all children are unique and the presence of a disability or special need is not the defining characteristic of any child; (2) children grow and develop in the context of relationships with their families; (3) all children have the right to belong and to participate fully in the typical places and activities of their communities; (4) children with and without special needs learn important things from one another; (5) everyday routines offer countless opportunities for children to learn and develop; and (6) the lives of families are enhanced when they are successful in maintaining their everyday lives and relationships. Key concepts in early intervention are then discussed, stressing the importance of developmentally appropriate practices that are relevant to families' lives. Research findings relating to early childhood intervention are reviewed, along with recent advances in early intervention such as functional approaches, family-centered services, service integration, and the expansion of service settings. The guidebook closes with information on legislative requirements, Colorado's policy on early intervention, and the Babies BELONG initiative. (Contains 22 references.) 

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Early Childhood Connections. A Guidebook: Early Intervention Supports and Services in Everyday Routines, Activities, and Places in Colorado (1999). Colorado Department of Education: Denver, CO. (13 pages).

Sponsoring Agency: U.S. Dept. of Educaion

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Colorado Department of Education
Colorado State Publications Library
201 E. Colfax Ave. Room 314
Denver, CO
80203

URL: http://www.cde.state.co.us/stateinfo/

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