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ERIC Number: EJ922004
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Apr
Pages: 2
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0046-9157
Autism Spectrum Disorders: Strategies toward a Self Determined Life for Your Child
Burton-Hoyle, Sally
Exceptional Parent, v41 n4 p26-27 Apr 2011
The goal of parenthood is to raise children to be productive community members who are self-determined. Adults who have freedom over how they want to live their life, spend their money and live in a way that enhances and confirms their importance are self-determined. Overall affection in the family will enhance self-esteem and help children grow successfully into adulthood. From "roots to wings" implies that when children are given a stable childhood, they will enter adulthood ready to pursue their life according to their strengths and needs. Good role models within the family may also support young children in acquiring self-determination. Providing for the needs of the family is difficult with typically developing children, but with autism spectrum disorders (ASD), planning for self determination may appear overwhelming. Families may need support in learning how to raise their child to live a self determined life. Parents want a self determined life for their child and school based programs are where the journey should begin. Strategies in supporting transition and self determination begin with identifying likes and dislikes with subsequent goals that would support community involvement as defined by the individual. One certainty is that children with ASD will grow up to be adults with ASD. This article provides some strategies that families may use to move towards an individual's self determination.
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Language: English
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