#89 - Self Determination Strategies for Complex Communication Users
Individuals with disabilities have the right to make choices for themselves and for those choices to be honored, but what if it is hard for us to understand what those choices, likes, and dislikes are because of complex communication needs? How do we begin teaching and honoring self determination at a young age?
This episodes explores 3 strategies:
Separating what is important to the individual from what is important for the individual
Reframing likes into social rolls
About the Guest:
Erin Sheldon is mom to Maggie, a 16 year old with severe disabilities. Erin earned her master's degree studying how to support our students with complex needs in the regular classroom. She is CEO of Ontario's parent association for school inclusion (www.inclusionontario.ca). She also works for the assistive technology company, AssistiveWare. Erin has authored articles, book chapters, manuals, online professional learning modules, and more.