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Path #3: Functional Assessment During Naturally Occurring Learning Opportunities in Multiple Situations and Settings

This learning path focuses on two specific components of functional assessment: multiple situations and settings, and naturally occurring. The component “multiple situations and settings” includes a child’s functional skills in different places, activities, and people. The component “naturally occurring” refers to the activities and routines the child participates in that are unique to the family’s culture, community, and values. To get credit for this learning path, you must complete the six activities below, then take a quiz to test your knowledge. Once you have completed the learning path and scored at least 80% on the quiz, you will have access to a certificate of completion.

Total time to complete the learning path: 2.5 hours


Activity 1
Watch the video, Functional Assessment: Multiple Situations and Settings and Naturally Occurring. (VEIPD, run time 5:29)

This video demonstrates the importance of multiple situations and settings and naturally occurring opportunities during functional assessment.

Instruction IconInstructions: Watch the video.



Activity 2
Complete the Family Capacity-Building Practices Checklist

This checklist indicates which practice characteristics are used to involve families in naturally occurring activities that occur throughout multiple situations and settings.

Instruction IconInstructions: Click the link above to review the checklist. Thoughtfully read each component and reflect on your own practices as you complete the checklist.



Activity 3
Watch the video, Just Being Kids video series. (Results Matter, run time 47:45)

This video series illustrates 6 different vignettes of children in multiple settings and situations that occur naturally.

Instruction IconInstructions: Click the link above to access the video series. Scroll down the middle of the page until you see, “Blake’s Story,” “Evan’s Story,” etc. Play each video. There are a total of six videos (Runtime: 47:45).


Activity 4
Read the article Using Routine-Based Interventions in Early Childhood Special Education. (Jennings, Hanline, & Woods, 2012)

This article describes the importance of embedding routine-based interventions in naturally occurring activities, settings, and situations.

Instruction IconInstructions: Click the link above and read the article.



Activity 5
Read the blog post, Take a Walk with Me. (EI Strategies for Success - Morse, 2019)

This blog post is written from a service coordinator’s perspective giving strategies to gain rich, meaningful information about a child’s daily routines and activities.

Instruction IconInstructions: Click the link above and read the article. Reflect and comment on the question at the end of the blog post.



Activity 6
Read the document, Seven Key Principles: Looks Like/Doesn’t Look Like. (Workgroup on Principles and Practices in Natural Environments, 2008)

This document elaborates on the 7 key principles of high quality early intervention (EI) that, when implemented, facilitate the mission of EI. Descriptive statements illustrate what each principle looks like and does not look like in practice when supporting caregivers in natural learning environments.

Instruction IconInstructions: Click the link to access the document and read it.



Complete the Quiz

You must achieve a score of at least 80% on the quiz to receive a certificate of completion. This certificate will document 2.5 professional development (PD) hours.


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