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Dr. Caroline Ramsey Musselwhite

Friday, October 24, 2014

Be A Detective, Not a Director

Be A Detective, Not a Director

Students with significant disabilities often have trouble responding 'on demand'.  This can happen for several reasons:

1) Students have neurological problems such as apraxia or dyspraxia that make responding on command (signing, speaking, indicating a symbol on an AAC device or app) difficult if not impossible

2) Students respond better to authentic prompts and naturalistic situations - we can be 'detectives' and look for these meaningful interactions

3) Students have tired of 'dancing for Grandma'.  A student who has shown that they understand 'point to _______' requests multiple times may be unwilling rather than unable to respond to the request.

Use this graphic to remind your team to be a detective, not a director!!

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