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THE POWER OF CHOICE

Presenter
Greg Weisel, M.A.
Education and Applications Specialist
DynaVox Systems LLC
2100 Wharton Street, Suite 400
Pittsburgh, PA 15203
412.381.4883, ext. 494
Fax 412.381.9096
Email: weisel@dynavoxsys.com

This session will focus on proven practical strategies for using choice to: increase alternative and augmentative communication skills, conduct informal ongoing assessment, and support positive behavior intervention. The session is designed to highlight in detail how the application and an approach to providing choice can be a powerful tool for critical skill acquisition, assessment, and positive behavior support. The content and source of the information that will be provided is founded on a model of evidence-based practices that includes a synthesis of research, teaching experience, training, and parenting. The session is appropriate for all members of a community who strive for early and accurate assessment, program development based on prevention, strong and appropriate instructional methods and ethical evaluation of an individual to fulfill his or her functional role in inclusive settings for home, school, work, and recreation.

Goal: The goal for this presentation is to provide the most comprehensive demonstration and discussion on how choice can serve as a strong and appropriate instructional and parenting method for increasing critical skills across a variety of settings.

Objectives

This session will start with a brief introduction to the historical perspective of how communication, learning and behavior work. This content will then be contrasted to the most expansive review of special education in the 27-year history of the Individuals With Disabilities Education Act, a report by the President's Commission on Excellence in Special Education. This report titled A New Era: Revitalizing Special Education for Children and their Families presents 9 common threads or findings of children and families whose needs are not being met. In response to these findings, the Commission offered three broad recommendations that form the foundation of the report. Two of these major recommendations, "focus on results-not on process" and "embrace a model of prevention not a model of failure" will be used as a rationale for a systematic approach and application of choice in early and accurate assessment, program development based on prevention, strong and appropriate instructional methods, and ethical evaluation of an individual's present level of performance.

The objectives of this presentation will then be addressed with a variety of demonstrations and discussions as they relate to: an individual with an impairment or disability, the environment or context of their participation, skills and activities needed for participation, and methods and technology being used. A discussion on the notion of providing some choice with respect to evaluation will close the session.

Signs of Success (Learner Outcomes)

The desired outcomes of this session as it relates to the presenter and participants is to appreciate and understand the importance of the following summary points:


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