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Just Being Kids

DVD and Facilitators Guide

Just Being Kids illustrates how supports and services for infants and toddlers with special needs can be provided in the context of families' everyday routines, activities, and places (also known as "natural environments"). Each of the six stories on this 50 minute video demonstrates recommended practices as therapists and early childhood specialists work collaboratively with families to achieve meaningful goals for their children in everyday routines and activities. Just Being Kids was developed for use in both pre-service and in-service training programs with therapists, early childhood specialists, and service coordinators. The video is also useful for showing families examples of this approach to early intervention supports and services. The 55-page companion Facilitators Guide offers trainers, educators, and team leaders background information on the stories along with handouts, an extensive bibliography, and suggestions for leading discussion groups and other training activities to enhance participants' learning. Produced by Early Childhood Connections of the Colorado Department of Education, and JFK Partners, University of Colorado Health Sciences Center. This DVD is available from Western Media Products.