ERIC Number: ED429376
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1998-Oct-30
Are Natural Environments Unnatural? A Survey of Early Intervention Specialists.
Racicot, Lina; Shelley-Sireci, Lynn
A survey of 116 early intervention service providers for young children with disabilities examined their experiences and perceptions of providing services in natural environments such as the home, day-care center, restaurants, play grounds, etc. A questionnaire, "The Natural Environment Questionnaire," was developed which included questions with Likert-type responses, a checklist of services, and open-ended questions. Results indicated that in theory early intervention in natural environments is well accepted; however, different types of services are seen to be more or less appropriate for natural environments. Problems that service providers encountered in natural environments included: lack of private space, distractions, access to supplies/equipment, and transportation for families. Service providers recommended training in the form of workshops on specific topics, peer modeling, and training for families in order to increase the benefits of intervention in natural environments. The questionnaire is appended. (Contains 15 references.) (DB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Northeastern Educational Research Association (Ellenville, NY, October 28-30, 1998).