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ERIC Number: EJ879853
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 8
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0040-5841
Show Me Again What I Can Do: Documentation and Self-Determination for Students with Social Challenges
Suarez, Stephanie Cox
Theory Into Practice, v49 n1 p21-28 2010
This article describes the use of documentation by teachers and their children with pervasive developmental disorder (PDD) to develop skills of self-determination. Visual feedback, such as photos and video, help teachers plan and children evaluate their performance in social situations, such as finding a friend to play with at recess. This documentation serves as a tool to create a narrative with both the child and the teacher. This narrative evolves with new iterations as documentation is regularly collected and we find that it helps the child to interpret challenging social situations. Highlighting two teachers and their students, this article describes how documentation helped draw the child into making meaning of frustrating or confusing social situations, thus allowing teachers to guide the child to reflect and reevaluate his behavior. Documentation was used to point to positive social interactions that were affirming for the child. (Contains 5 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Education; Grade 2; Grade 7; Middle Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A