Service providers encounter many challenges with how to embed intervention to address child and family outcomes in the context of daily routines and activities. The philosophy of natural environments intervention includes the caregiver with the child undertaking the activities, events, and chores of their lives. Although this approach sounds logically appealing, empirical support for its efficacy is just emerging. The major aim of this ongoing research is to develop and validate a family guided routines based intervention approach that meets the legislative mandates and the recommended practices of the field with empirical data to support the intervention and implementation components.
The goals of the FGRBI research are to:
evaluate the effectiveness of a family-guided routines based intervention approach in a variety of diverse natural environments with young children with disabilities and their families,
develop and refine evidence-based early intervention procedures for working with family members and caregivers to promote developmental outcomes for young children at risk or with identified disabilities in their home and community settings,
develop and refine practices that promote systematic coaching for caregivers that build their capacity to embed learning opportunities in their daily routines and activities to promote children's learning, and
disseminate information gathered from the research to service providers, state level policy makers, and other researchers.