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ERIC Number: EJ1139298
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 11
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: EISSN-2325-7466
Using the Choice-Making Skills of Students with Disabilities for Educational Planning
Van Tubbergen, Marie; Omichinski, Donna; Warschausky, Seth
Journal of the American Academy of Special Education Professionals, p14-24 Win 2008
For students with significant speech and movement impairments, meaningful participation in educational planning activities is difficult. These students face barriers in communicating choices about daily activities and basic knowledge; therefore, student-initiated curriculum goals are not systematically included in IEP and transition planning processes. We present models for conceptualizing the 1) expression of choice in students with severe impairments in speech and movement, 2) inclusion of choice-making techniques and abilities into IEP documents, and 3) inclusion of choice-making in transition planning. Using these models, we argue that optimal student participation in educational planning requires clear identification of a student's current choice-making techniques; and, that advanced techniques and abilities in expressing choices are best developed through systematic consideration in educational planning.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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