Everyday Child Learning Opportunities Institute

The major goal of this Institute was to investigate the manner in which everyday family and community activities could be used as sources of development-enhancing learning opportunities for infants, toddlers, and preschoolers with identified disabilities or developmental delays. The Institute was funded, in part, by the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs (H024S960008).

 

Journal Articles

Dunst, C. J., Trivette, C. M., & Hamby, D. W. (2012). Meta-analysis of studies incorporating the interests of young children with autism spectrum disorders into early intervention practices. Autism Research and Treatment, 2012, 1-10. doi:10.1155/2012/462531.

Bruder, M. B., & Dunst, C. J. (2011). Infant, toddler and preschooler inclusion in community activities. Revista Educación Inclusiva, 4(3), 21-34. Retrieved from http://www.ujaen.es/revista/rei/.

Dunst, C. J., Trivette, C. M., & Masiello, T. (2011). Exploratory investigation of the effects of interest-based learning on the development of young children with autism. Autism: The International Journal of Research and Practice, 15, 295-305.

Dunst, C. J., Trivette, C. M., & Masiello, T. (2010). Influence of the interests of children with autism on everyday learning opportunities. Psychological Reports, 107, 281-288. doi:10.2466/04.10.11.15.21.PR0.107.4.281-288.

Swanson, J., Raab, M., & Dunst, C. J. (2011). Strengthening family capacity to provide young children everyday natural learning opportunities. Journal of Early Childhood Research, 9, 66-80.

Trivette, C. M., & Dunst, C. J. (2011). Consequences of interest-based learning on the social-affective behavior of young children with autism. Life Span and Disability, 14, 101-110.

Dunst, C. J., Hamby, D. W., & Snyder, D. (2009). Preschool children's emerging participation in leisure and recreation activities. World Leisure Journal, 51, 219-228. doi:10.1080/04419057.2009.9674601.

Dunst, C. J., Bruder, M. B., Trivette, C. M. & Hamby, D. W. (2006). Everyday activity settings, natural learning environments, and early intervention practices. Journal of Policy and Practice in Intellectual Disabilities, 3, 3-10.

Dunst, C. J., Trivette, C.M., Hamby, D., & Bruder, M.B. (2006). Influences of contrasting natural learning environment experiences on child, parent, and family well-being. Journal of Developmental and Physical Disabilities, 18(2), 235-250.

Dunst, C. J., & Bruder, M. B. (2005). University faculty preparation of students in using natural environment practices with young children. Psychological Reports, 96, 239-242. doi:10.2466/pr0.96.1.239-242

Dunst, C. J., Bruder, M. B., Trivette, C. M., & Hamby, D. W. (2005). Young children's natural learning environments: Contrasting approaches to early childhood intervention indicate differential learning opportunities. Psychological Reports, 96, 231-234.

Dunst, C. J., & Raab, M. (2004). Parents' and practitioners' perspectives of young children's everyday natural learning environments. Psychological Reports, 93, 251-256. doi:0.2466/pr0.94.1.251-256.

Raab, M., & Dunst, C. J. (2004). Early intervention practitioner approaches to natural environment interventions. Journal of Early Intervention, 27, 15-26.

Trivette, C. M., Dunst, C. J., & Hamby, D. (2004). Sources of variations in and consequences of everyday activity settings on child and parenting functioning. Perspectives in Education, 22(2), 17-35.

Roper, N., & Dunst, C. J. (2003). Communication intervention in natural learning environments: Guidelines for practice. Infants and Young Children, 16(3), 215-226.

Dunst, C. J., & Bruder, M. B. (2002). Valued outcomes of service coordination, early intervention, and natural environments. Exceptional Children, 68, 361-375.

Dunst, C. J., Hamby, D., Trivette, C. M., Raab, M., & Bruder, M. B. (2002). Young children’s participation in everyday family and community activity. Psychological Reports, 91, 875-897.

Dunst, C. J., Bruder, M. B., Trivette, C. M., Hamby, D., Raab, M., & McLean, M. (2001). Characteristics and consequences of everyday natural learning opportunities. Topics in Early Childhood Special Education, 21, 68-92.

Dunst, C. J., Bruder, M. B., Trivette, C. M., Raab, M., & McLean, M. (2001). Natural learning opportunities for infants, toddlers, and preschoolers. Young Exceptional Children, 4(3), 18-25 (Erratum in Vol. 4(4), 25).

Dunst, C. J., Herter, S., Shields, H., & Bennis, L. (2001). Mapping community-based natural learning opportunities. Young Exceptional Children, 4(4), 16-24. doi:10.1177/109625060100400403.

Dunst, C. J., Trivette, C. M., Humphries, T., Raab, M., & Roper, N. (2001). Contrasting approaches to natural learning environment interventions. Infants and Young Children, 14(2), 48-63.

Dunst, C. J., Hamby, D., Trivette, C. M., Raab, M., & Bruder, M. B. (2000). Everyday family and community life and children’s naturally occurring learning opportunities. Journal of Early Intervention, 23, 151-164.

Dunst, C. J., Herter, S., & Shields, H. (2000). Interest-based natural learning opportunities. In S. Sandall & M. Ostrosky (Eds.), Natural Environments and Inclusion (Young Exceptional Children Monograph Series No. 2) (pp. 37-48). Longmont, CO: Sopris West.

 

Book Chapters

Dunst, C. J. (2011). Interest-based learning as an intervention practice for very young children with autism. In R. Holcraft (Ed.), Treatment strategies: Pediatrics (Vol. 2) (pp. 34-39). London, England: Cambridge Research Centre.

Dunst, C. J., & Raab, M. (2011). Interest-based child participation in everyday learning activities. In N. M. Seel (Ed.), Encyclopedia of the sciences of learning. New York, NY: Springer.

Dunst, C. J., Raab, M., Trivette, C. M., & Swanson, J. (2010). Community-based everyday child learning opportunities. In R. A. McWilliam (Ed.), Working with families of young children with special needs (pp. 60-92). New York: Guilford Press.

Dunst, C. J., & Shue, P. (2005). Creating literacy-rich natural learning environments for infants, toddlers, and preschoolers. In E. M. Horn & H. Jones (Eds.), Supporting Early Literacy Development in Young Children (Young Exceptional Children Monograph Series No. 7) (pp. 15-30). Longmont, CO: Sopris West.

Dunst, C. J. (2001). Participation of young children with disabilities in community learning activities. In M. J. Guralnick (Ed.), Early childhood inclusion: Focus on change (pp. 307-333). Baltimore: Brookes.

 

Newsletters and Magazine Articles

Dunst, C. J., & Bruder, M. B. (2000, November). Increasing children's learning opportunities in the context of family and community life. TASH Newsletter, 20-21.

Bruder, M. B., & Dunst, C. J. (1999). Expanding learning opportunities for infants and toddlers in natural environments: A chance to reconceptualize early intervention. Zero to Three, 20(3), 34-36.

 

Monographs

Dunst, C. J. (2008). Parent and community assets as sources of young children's learning opportunities (Revised and expanded ed.). Asheville, NC: Winterberry Press.


Web-Based Reports

Dunst, C. J. (2000). Everyday children’s learning opportunities: Characteristics and consequences. Children’s Learning Opportunities Report, Vol. 2, No. 1.

Dunst, C. J., & Bruder, M. B. (1999). Family and community activity settings, natural learning environments, and children’s learning opportunities. Children’s Learning Opportunities Report, Vol. 1, No. 2.

Dunst, C. J., & Bruder, M. B. (1999). Increasing children’s learning opportunities in the context of family and community life. Children’s Learning Opportunities Report, Vol. 1, No. 1.

Dunst, C. J., & Hamby, D. (1999). Community life as sources of children’s learning opportunities. Children’s Learning Opportunities Report, Vol. 1, No. 4.

Dunst, C. J., & Hamby, D. (1999). Family life as sources of children’s learning opportunities. Children’s Learning Opportunities Report, Vol. 1, No. 3.

 

Presentations

Dunst, C. J. (2013, July 8). Beginning the journey toward full inclusion: Experiences of preschoolers and their families. Presentation made at the 13th Biennial Conference of the International Association of Special Education, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. Available at: www.puckett.org/presentations/BeginningJourneyTowardFillInclusion_July_2013.pdf.

Dunst, C. J. (2013, June). Efficiency of everyday activities as sources of early childhood intervention. Presentation made at the Conference on the Effeciency of Early Childhood Intervention, Berlin, Germany. Available at: http://www.puckett.org/presentations/Efficiency_Everyday_Act_Sources_ECI.pdf

Dunst, C. J., & Trivette, C. M. (2012). When are informal and formal early intervention warranted? And why? Presentation made at the Division for Early Childhood 28th Annual International Conference on Young Children with Special  Needs and Their Families, Minneapolis, MN: Available at: http://puckett.org/presentations/WhenAreInformalandFormalEarlyInterventionWarranted.pdf.

Dunst, C.J. (2011, April). Informal learning in everyday family activities as early childhood education. Keynote presentation made at the FRP Canada National Conference, Montreal.

Dunst, C.J. (2010, November). Family and community life as the contexts for supporting and strengthening child learning and development. Presentation made at the Eighth National Congress on Early Intervention with Young Children and their Families, Aveiro, Portugal. Available at: http://puckett.org/presentations/FamilyCommunityLife_11_2010.pdf

Trivette, C.M., & Dunst, C.J. (2009, October). Cultural diversity and everyday family and community activities. Presentation made at the Division for Early Childhood 25th Annual International Conference for Young Children with Special Needs and Their Families, Albuquerque, NM.

Dunst, C.J. (2008, September). Early intervention, everyday learning activities, and natural environments. Presentation made at the Global Summit on Education: Inclusive Practices for Students with Disabilities, Washington, DC.

Trivette, C. M. (2008, April). Professionals building family capacity using natural learning environments. Presentation made at the Learning and Professional Development Workshop, Westlock, AB, Canada.

Trivette, C. M. (2007, October). Research evidence about natural environments and tools to support the work. Presentation made at the Mississippi Early Childhood Association Conference, Jackson, MS.

Trivette, C. M. (2007, October). Supporting learning in natural environments: Practitioners role in expanding parent capacity. Presentation made at the Mississippi Early Childhood Association Conference breakout session, Jackson, MS.

Trivette, C. M. (2007, May). Promoting children's learning through natural learning opportunities. Presentation made to Family to Family, Indianapolis, IN.

Trivette, C. M. (2007, April). Making wonderful memories out of everyday events. Presentation made at Leading the Way: Evidence-based Practices in Early Intervention and Beyond, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.

Trivette, C. M. (2007, April). Natural learning environment practices: Evidence-based practices. Presentation made at Leading the Way: Evidence-based Practices in Early Intervention and Beyond, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.

Dunst, C. J., & Trivette, C. M. (2006, September). Everyday activity settings as the contexts of promoting and strengthening child and caregiver competence. Presentation made at the Research Symposium on Intervention and Positive Functioning University of Pretoria, Pretoria, South Africa.

Dunst, C. J. (2006, June). Parent-mediated everyday child learning: Foundations and methods for implementing contextually-mediated practices. Presentation made at the California Early Start Advanced Practices Institute, Foster City, CA.

Dunst, C. J., Bruder M. B., & Trivette, C. M. (2005, December). Natural environment practices: What we know about what works and why. Presentation made at the “Celebrating Three Decades of IDEAs” Office of Special Education Programs National Early Childhood Conference, Washington, D.C.

Dunst, C. J. (2005, July). Young children’s everyday learning opportunities: Asset-based practices for children with autism and PDD. Presentation made at the Bresnahan/Halstead-Kephart Symposium, Vail, CO.

Dunst, C. J. (2005, May). Best beginnings for young children and their families. Keynote presentation made at the Best Beginnings Early Childhood Conference, United States Virgin Islands.

Dunst, C. J. (2004, November). Young children’s everyday learning opportunities promoting early literacy development. Presentation made at the Connecticut Family Learning Conference, Meriden, CT.

Dunst, C. J. (2004, November). What research tells us about everyday learning and early childhood intervention practices. Keynote presentation made at the Connecticut Family Learning Conference, Meriden, CT.

Dunst, C. J. (2004, April). Enhancing children’s learning in natural environments. Web-based presentation made as part of the National Early Childhood Technical Assistance Center’s “Communities of Practice Part C Natural Environments Conference,” Chapel Hill, NC.

Dunst, C. J., & Trivette, C. M. (2003, October). Getting the word out about evidence-based natural environment practices. Presentation made at the 19th Annual Division for Early Childhood International Conference on Young Children with Special Needs and Their Families, Washington, DC.

Raab, M., & Dunst, C. J. (2003, October). Baby likes what? Child interests as a foundation for learning. Presentation made at the 19th Annual Division for Early Childhood International Conference on Young Children with Special Needs and Their Families, Washington, DC.

Dunst, C. J., & Humphries, T. L., (2003, April). Achieving a better balance between child participation in everyday activity settings and child developmental benefits. Presentation made at the Biennial Meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development, Tampa, FL.

Dunst, C. J., Trivette, C. M., Bruder, M. B., Raab, M., & Humphries, T. (2002, December). Everyday learning opportunities in natural environments: Research findings and practice implications. Presentation made at the 18th Annual Division for Early Childhood International Conference on Young Children with Special Needs and Their Families, San Diego, CA.

Dunst, C. J. (2002, October). Anyplace, anytime, anywhere: Everyday children’s learning opportunities. Presentation made at the Alberta Early Years Conference: Building Capacity to Support Families and their Children, Edmonton, AB, Canada.

Dunst, C. J. (2002, October). Learning doesn’t necessarily require teaching: A situated practices framework for conceptualizing child learning. Presentation made at the FRP Canada National Biennial Conference “Emerging Trends in Family Support: From Policy to Practice,” Mississauga, ON, Canada.

Dunst, C. J. (2002, October). Looking for strengths in all the right places: Mobilizing family and community resources. Presentation made at the Alberta Early Years Conference: Building Capacity to Support Families and their Children, Edmonton, AB, Canada.

Dunst, C. J. (2002, October). Power of the ordinary: Everyday child learning in family and community life. Presentation made at the FRP Canada National Biennial Conference “Emerging Trends in Family Support: From Policy to Practice,” Mississauga, ON, Canada.

Dunst, C. J. (2002, September). Community assets and resources as sources of young children’s learning opportunities. Presentation made at the Alberta Early Years Conference: Building Capacity to Support Families and their Children, Edmonton, AB, Canada.

Dunst, C. J. (2002, September). Community assets as sources of child and family supports. Keynote presentation made at the Alberta Early Years Conference: Building Capacity to Support Families and their Children, Edmonton, AB, Canada.

Dunst, C. J. (2002, March). Everyday activity and natural learning environments for young children. Presentation made at the Ninth Annual Conference of the Early Intervention Research Institute, Utah State University, Logan, UT.

Roberts, R., Dunst, C. J., & Hebbeler, K. (2002, March). Where children live: Communities as the context for child and program development. Presentation made at the Biennial Conference on Research Innovations in Early Intervention, San Diego, CA.

Dunst, C. J. (2001, August). Participatory child learning opportunities: Toward a broader-based perspective of inclusion. Presentation made at the Second National Early Childhood Inclusion Institute, Chapel Hill, NC.

Dunst, C. J. (2001, May). Increasing children’s learning opportunities through families and communities. Keynote presentation made at the Strengths Within Us Prevention Forum, Qualicum Beach, BC, Canada.

Dunst, C. J. (2001, February). Young children’s interests as the foundation of learning. Presentation made at the Asset Based Conference, Asheville, NC.

Dunst, C. J., Trivette, C. M., & Bruder, M. B. (2001, February). Increasing children’s everyday natural learning opportunities. Presentation made at the U.S. Office of Special Education and National Early Childhood Technical Assistance System Meeting, Washington, DC.

Bennis, L. A., & Dunst, C. J. (2000, December). Mapping and promoting child participation in community learning activities. Presentation made at the 16th Annual DEC International Early Childhood Conference on Children with Special Needs, Albuquerque, NM.

Bruder, M. B., Trivette, C. M., Dunst, C. J., & Hamby, D. (2000, December). Comparative study of natural learning environment interventions to promote English. Poster presentation made at the 16th Annual DEC International Early Childhood Conference on Children with Special Needs, Albuquerque, NM.

Dunst, C. J. (2000, December). Everyday learning opportunities: What to do when what we know conflicts with everyday practice. Research roundtable presentation made at the 16th Annual DEC International Early Childhood Conference on Children with Special Needs, Albuquerque, NM.

Humphries, T., & Dunst, C. J. (2000, December). “It’s doing what they enjoy”: Expanding learning opportunities for infants and toddlers in natural learning environments. Presentation made at the 15th National Zero to Three Training Institute, Washington, D.C.

McLean, M., Dunst, C. J., Bruder, M. B., Raab, M., & Trivette, C. M. (2000, December). Increasing learning opportunities through assessment of naturally occurring activity settings. Presentation made at the 16th Annual DEC International Early Childhood Conference on Children with Special Needs, Albuquerque, NM.

Raab, M., Dunst, C. J., Trivette, C. M., Bruder, M. B., & Hamby, D. (2000, December). Children’s participation in everyday family and community learning activities. Poster presentation made at the 16th Annual DEC International Early Childhood Conference on Children with Special Needs, Albuquerque, NM.

Trivette, C. M., Dunst, C. J., Bruder, M. B., Raab, M., & McLean, M. (2000, December). Strategies for optimizing children’s learning benefits in natural environments. Presentation made at the 16th Annual DEC International Early Childhood Conference on Children with Special Needs, Albuquerque, NM.

Bennis, L. A., & Dunst, C. J. (2000, December). Mapping and promoting child participation in community learning activities. Presentation made at the 16th Annual DEC International Early Childhood Conference on Children with Special Needs, Albuquerque, NM.

Bruder, M. B., & Dunst, C. J. (2000, August). KISS natural learning environments hello: keeping interventions simple and situational. Presentation made at the NEC*TAS Children, Families, and Inclusive Communities: Rethinking State Systems for Support and Services Conference, Chapel Hill, NC.

Dunst, C. J. (2000, July). Family contributions to young children’s learning opportunities. Presentation made at the Office of Special Education Programs Research Project Directors’ Conference, Washington, DC.

Dunst, C. J., & Shivers, S. (2000, April). Parent and community assets as sources of children’s learning opportunities. Presentation made at the Family Support America National Conference, Chicago, IL.

Dunst, C. J. (2000, February). Cultural and personal influences on children’s learning opportunities. Presentation made at the New Decade, New Visions, New Practices Conference: Innovations in Asset-Based and Natural Environment Practices, Asheville, NC.

Bruder, M. B., & Dunst, C. J. (2000, January). Early childhood research institute on increasing children’s learning opportunities through families and communities. Presentation made at the IDEAs for the 21st Century National Office of Special Education Early Childhood Conference, Washington, DC.

Bruder, M. B., Joy, J., Zahorchak, M. B., Gabbard, G., Dunst, C. J., & Brame, K. (2000, January). Learning opportunities in the community. Presentation made at the IDEAs for the 21st Century National Office of Special Education Early Childhood Conference, Washington, DC.

Dunst, C. J. & Brame, K. (1999, October). Natural learning environments: Promoting and enhancing child participation in everyday activity settings. Presentation made at the Early On and Beyond Conference, Dearborn, MI.

Dunst, C. J. (1999, September). Community and family life as a context for young children’s expressions of assets and talents. Presentation made at the J. Iverson Riddle Institute Conference for Creative Expression, Asheville, NC.

Bruder, M. B., McLean, M., Dunst, C. J., Raab, M., & Trivette, C. M. (1998, December). Enhancing learning opportunities in the home and community: Cultural perspectives. Presentation made at the 14th Annual DEC International Conference on Children with Special Needs, Chicago, IL.

Dunst, C. J., & Bruder, M. B. (1998, October). Learning opportunities in natural environment. Keynote presentation made at the Indiana First Steps Learning Opportunities in the Community Conference, Indianapolis, IN.

Dunst, C. J., Faris, C., Meehan, T., Valenzuela, N., Russell, A., Mendez, S., Nagurski, L., & Martinez, M. (1998, September). Culturally based children’s learning opportunities. Presentation made at the Magic Years Conference, Albuquerque, NM.

Dunst, C. J. (1998, June). Community activity settings as early intervention. Presentation made at the Pennsylvania 1998 Statewide Early Intervention Conference, Hershey, PA.

Dunst, C. J. (1998, June). Identifying mapping, and using community activities as children’s learning opportunities. Presentation made at the Annual Early Childhood Summer Institute, Arvada, CO.

Dunst, C. J. (1998, June). Community activity settings as children’s learning opportunities. Keynote presentation made at the Annual Early Childhood Summer Institute, Arvada, CO.

McLean, M., Bruder, M. B., Dunst, C. J., Trivette, C. M., & Raab, M. (1998, May). Home and community activity settings as learning opportunities. Poster presentation made at the Conference on Research Innovations in Early Intervention, Charleston, SC.

Dunst, C. J. (1998, April). Community activity settings as early intervention. Keynote presentation made at the 19th Annual Conference of the Massachusetts Early Intervention Consortium, Sturbridge, MA.

Dunst, C. J., & Bruder, M. B. (1998, February). Community activity settings as sources of children’s learning opportunities. Presentation made at the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs, Early Education Program for Children with Disabilities Project Director’s Meeting, Arlington, VA.

Dunst, C. J., Brame, K. & Freyre, G. (1997, November). Increasing children’s learning opportunities through families and communities. Presentation made at the Innovations in Early Intervention Conference, Cromwell, CT.

Dunst, C. J., Bruder, M. B., Trivette, C. M., Raab, M., & McLean, M. (1997, November). Increasing children’s learning opportunities through families and communities. Presentation made at the International Division for Early Childhood Conference on Children with Special Needs, New Orleans, LA.

Umstead, S., Dunst, C. J., & Trivette, C. M. (1997, November). Community settings as early childhood learning environments. Presentation made at the International Division for Early Childhood Conference on Children with Special Needs, New Orleans, LA.

Dunst, C. J. (1997, October). Home and community life as sources of children’s learning opportunities. Presentation made at the Children: Our Shared Vision Conference, Nanaimo, BC, Canada.

Dunst, C. J., & Bruder, M. B. (1997, July). Increasing children’s learning opportunities through families and communities. Presentation made at the 1997 SUNRISE Summer Institute, Hilton Head, SC.

Dunst, C. J., & Trivette, C. M. (1997, March). Increasing children’s learning opportunities through families and communities. Presentation made at the annual Smokey Mountain Winter Institute, Asheville, NC.

Dunst, C. J., Bruder, M. B. & Trivette, C. M. (1996, November). Increasing children’s learning opportunities through families and communities. Presentation made at the Connecticut Innovations in Early Intervention Conference, Cromwell, CT.

Dunst, C. J. (1996, June). Getting back to basics: Activity settings as learning contexts. Presentation made at the 1996 Statewide Early Intervention Conference, Hershey, PA.

 

Web-Based Materials

Everyday Times Practice Guides

 

Multimedia Products

Orelena Hawks Puckett Institute (Producer). (2004). Spotting my child's very special interests: A guide for parents [Visual recording]. Asheville, NC: Winterberry Press.

Orelena Hawks Puckett Institute (Producer). (2003). Possibilities: A Mother's Story [Visual recording]. Asheville, NC: Winterberry Press.

Orelena Hawks Puckett Institute (Producer). (2002). Anyplace anytime anywhere! Everyday learning in classroom activities (Natural Learning Opportunities Video Series No. 3) [Visual recording]. Asheville, NC: Winterberry Press.

Orelena Hawks Puckett Institute (Producer). (2002). Anyplace anytime anywhere! Everyday learning in community activities (Natural Learning Opportunities Video Series No. 2) [Visual recording]. Asheville, NC: Winterberry Press.

Orelena Hawks Puckett Institute (Producer). (2002). Anyplace anytime anywhere! Everyday learning in family activities (Natural Learning Opportunities Video Series No. 1) [Visual recording]. Asheville, NC: Winterberry Press.

Orelena Hawks Puckett Institute (Producer). (2001). Power of the ordinary: A photographic journey of children's everyday learning opportunities [Visual recording]. Asheville, NC: Winterberry Press.

 

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