Ideally, being self-aware results in youth...
- Explaining their wants and needs to others
- Better understanding their strengths and abilities
- Solving problems, setting goals, and accepting consequences
- Increasing their trust in abilities, qualities and judgment
- Strengthening their ability to speak up for what they need
- Accepting differences and understanding the needs of others
How Can Adults Support Students Build Self-Awareness?
Adults can support the development of self-awareness in students with disabilities by utilizing evidence-based strategies including:
- Teaching the students to lead their Individualized Education Plan (IEP) meetings
- Completing age-appropriate transition assessments
- Engaging students in honest and respectful discussion about their self-determination
- Assessment responses
What Are Ways To Support The Development Of Self-Awareness Skills?
When adults use evidence-based practices to support the growth of self- awareness skills in students with disabilities, they should:
Support the Student
Expect and support students to make many routine choices for themselves through the course of a school day.
Teach the Student
Teach self-awareness strategies.
Ensure all students have a functional communication system.
Work collaboratively with students to facilitate achievement of their goals.
The PA Community on Transition offers resources on a variety of topics, all focused on improving outcomes for students with disabilities.