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This module focuses on increasing access, participation, and engagement through simple environmental adaptations. Participants will understand adaptations that can be used to address the physical environment (arrangement, noise, and lighting) before children even arrive. Adaptations can support all young children, regardless of their needs or abilities. Participants will also understand the individual adaptations that can be used to support a child with a disability to encourage access, participation, and engagement.

Estimated Time to Complete: 1 1/2 hours

Learning Objectives:

  • Identify environmental adaptations
  • Apply adaptations using furniture and boundaries
  • Apply adaptations for noise and lighting
  • Determine individual adaptations in the physical environment

Author and Presenter:

Philippa Campbell, Ph.D. is an Occupational Therapist who was formerly Professor, Occupational Therapy Department, Jefferson College of Rehabilitation Sciences and currently serves as a collaborator within the Center for Outcomes and Measurement. She is self-employed and provides consultation and contract services to a number of states, colleges, universities, and public health corporations with an emphasis on inclusion, early intervention for high need infants, toddlers, and preschoolers, and family-centered intervention approaches. Over a more than 30-year career, Dr. Campbell has conducted numerous studies and published articles and books related to teaching (e.g., coaching) families, participation and inclusion of children in home, school, and community settings, and use of adaptation and assistive technology interventions with a special emphasis on children with significant and complex needs.

This module has received the Ohio Approved (OA) designation.