Teaching Choices: A Curriculum for Persons with Developmental Disabilities.Report as inadecuate

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This curriculum is intended to provide social service agencies, schools, vocational programs, and other groups concerned with persons having developmental disabilities with guidelines and practical techniques for developing training and support services that encourage choice-making. Emphasis is on allowing people with disabilities to take as much responsibility for their own decision-making as possible, without forcing them into situations where they are unprepared to cope. The first section looks at the agency's role in such areas as staffing patterns, behavior management, and development of a policy on choice-making. A section on beginning to teach choice-making skills considers learned helplessness, a variety of assessment approaches, a case study, and seven sample lesson plans. The following section provides a step-by-step procedure for identifying the individual's communication mode, identifying available options, evaluating options, developing a "plan of action," and evaluating the experience. A choice-making model worksheet is included. Next, ways to implement the curriculum in residential, vocational, and school settings are detailed. The final sections examine choice-making in sexuality and relationships, self-advocacy, and families. Some sections contain references. (DB)

Descriptors: Adults, Agencies, Children, Curriculum Development, Daily Living Skills, Decision Making, Developmental Disabilities, Educational Strategies, Elementary Secondary Education, Lesson Plans, Models, Personal Autonomy, Residential Programs, Self Care Skills, Self Management, Social Services, Teaching Methods, Vocational Rehabilitation

Author: Little Friends, Inc., Naperville, IL.

Source: https://eric.ed.gov/?q=a&ft=on&ff1=dtySince_1992&pg=7843&id=ED374639

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