Personal Awareness & Responsibility

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Personal Awareness & Responsibility

Personal awareness and responsibility includes the skills, strategies, and dispositions that help students to stay healthy and active, set goals, monitor progress, regulate emotions, respect their own rights and the rights of others, manage stress, and persevere in difficult situations. Students who demonstrate personal awareness and responsibility demonstrate self-respect and express a sense of personal well-being.

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Description of Illustration:

The student is being assessed to determine possible access locations (example:  hand, head) for him to operate a switch to determine if he understands cause and effect (i.e. he understands that he controls the toy’s operation through the switch).  Assessments will determine which switch type and access point is best to ease the student’s physical participation.  This then promotes communication (such as:  using a switch to participate in reading) and participation in daily activities such as using the switch to operate a blender in Foods class, or operating a switch adapted guitar during Music class, or operating a switch adapted drum for “drum roll” at assemblies.  Advanced switch operation may ultimately allow for independent operation of a power wheelchair.

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When the Speech Language Pathologist and Physiotherapist were asked about Kashton’s engagement and response, they said:

“It is amazing to witness firsthand how a child’s world can open, when he or she is provided with the right physical set-up, equipment, and motivating tools to foster engagement and participation.  To help create a situation that brings such joy to a child is truly a unique experience.  His laughter was contagious; we shared his joy!  All of our kids have things to tell us and to teach us.  Our job is to find ways to support that.”

SD60 – Learning Services, Lisa Boda (PT) & Stephanie Soderquist-Loney (SLP)

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