There are many different ways to promote independence in your students, especially for students with disabilities! Today I'll share a handful of ideas collected from the internet, let's get started!
- Read Fostering Independence in Children (written for parents, but can be applied by teachers)
- Purchase Building Independence: How to create structured work systems by Christine Reeve & Susan Kabot
- What is a work system? Check out some awesome examples that promote independence!
- Schedules help students gain independence. There are many types of schedules:
- Here are 5 tips to teach visual schedules from The Autism Classroom
- Check-list schedule (for higher functioning students)
- Another technique to promote independence is teaching using task analysis. You can break tasks down, use visuals and slowly scaffold instruction until the student can complete the task independently.
Here are some posts by other SPED bloggers on promoting Independence:
- The Autism Tank: Visuals to promote Independence
- The Autism Helper: Independent tasks & routines
- How to increase Independence with The Autism Classroom, Independent tasks
- Creating Independent living goal by Breezy special ed (guest post on special sparkle)
- The Autism Adventures of Room 83 has several great posts on promoting independence:
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