Choice Making: A Strategy for Students With Severe Disabilities

Stafford, Alison M.
July 2005
Teaching Exceptional Children;Jul/Aug2005, Vol. 37 Issue 6, p12
Academic Journal
This article describes a strategy that has been effective in teaching choice-making skills to children who are five to ten years old and who have severe intellectual disabilities. The key components of this strategy includes preference assessments, a sequence of choice levels and constant time delay. The first two components of the strategy give individuals with severe disabilities multiple opportunities to develop their choice-making abiilties by offering them immediate reinforcement in the form of a preferred item. The strategy includes the final component because of its effectiveness as a teaching strategy. Constant time delay provides a systematic method of teaching skills by routinely giving students prompts that enable them to learn new skills more efficiently by limiting the number of errors.


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