What is self-management?
Self management skill development includes:
- Learning about the responsibilities of adult life
- Being empowered to become problem solvers
- Practicing skills to help students manage their life such as organizing, setting goals, managing time, and getting along with others
How Can Transition Team Members Support Self-Management Skill Development?
Transition team members can help students develop skills in self-management by:
- Expecting and supporting students to make many routine choices for themselves through the course of a school day
- Teaching self-monitoring strategies to keep track of their responsibilities
- Ensuring students have a functional communication system
- Working collaboratively with students to facilitate achievement of their goals
How Can Self-Management Skills Help Students?
When transition team members support the development of self-management skills, students can develop and improve:
Problem Solving Skills
Identifying challenges to goals and determine one or more solutions to overcome them before they happen.
Time Management Skills
Taking responsibility for scheduling and tracking day to day tasks and activities.
Acknowledging, understanding, and regulating emotions across settings and environments (home, work, school, and community).
Learning how to figure out the amount of time and effort that it will take to accomplish a task and focusing attention until it’s complete.
The PA Community on Transition offers resources on a variety of topics, all focused on improving outcomes for students with disabilities.