Choice Making gives students a sense of power and control during the day. Choice Making allow students to choose activities. Whether it is a “preferred” or “non-preferred” choice, the student will make a “choice” when given the opportunity. Choice Making enhances feelings of comfort and control. It strengthens the student’s motivation to increase communication skills. An example would be: “you can have this or that,” “you can sit here or there,” “you can use pen or pencil,” and the list goes on-and-on! Always limit the choices to just two options.
“Why would you use it?
When the student is exhibiting refusals, seeking power and control, or has low motivation.
You provide choices when you want to increase cooperation and engagement. When there are problem behaviors to escape participation in activities or avoid using materials. You also provide choices when the student is displaying aggression and disruption in the environment. Other benefits include positive effects on compliance, independence, social interactions, and communication. Remember, no one really likes to be told what to do, especially if they have "options," so why not provide "choices in order to get the job done!
Advocacy and IDEA training will be held in Wood Dale. Choose from October 14th or October 17th 9:00-2:00. Both EI and LSLS credit will be offered.
This session is designed for both parents and professionals seeking a better understanding of IDEA and how to advocate successfully for the child with disabilities the school setting. Click the image for more details.
Read to the Top For blind and visually impaired student under the age of eighteen, Read to the Top rewards students for their summer reading. When a student finishes a large print, audio, or braille book, he or she can fill out a postcard with the book title and contact information, drop the postcard in the mail to Blind Service Association (free matter for the blind postage is provided), and be entered to win a grand prize drawing at the end of the summer. Postcards will be available at local libraries and by request. BSA wants to encourage reading among blind and visually impaired youth.
The Chicago Lighthouse offers music therapy classes for children aged 6 months - 6 years. Classes require registration and will be held on Saturday mornings. Click here for more information.
The National Federation of the Blind endorses the KNFB reader app. This app allows iOS, Android, and Windows 10 devices to read text aloud or to publish text in Braille. Learn more by clicking here.
The National Federation of the Blind of Illinois is currently accepting applications for a free transitions club, Freedom Link. The club which is free to members thanks to the Ellick and Charlotte Lindon charitable fund meets once a month. Students are paired with low-vision and blind mentors and participate in activities which build confidence and improve mobility skills.
Many schools have been incorporating the principles from The Leader in Me into their curricula. Based on the widely popular 7 Habits of Highly Effective People (plus a recently added 8th habit), this program encourages children to practice behaviors that lead to success and happiness. Educators report high self-confidence in their students as well as fewer discipline problems.
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