Adolescents & Adults with Developmental Disabilities
In Early Intervention, practitioners use coaching to engage children and families in meaningful ways as they interact with young children with disabilities and their caregivers in everyday routines. Coaching is based on adult learning strategies and has solid evidence regarding its effectiveness with children and families. Why should coaching practices in PT end when children turn three? Presenters will review aspects of coaching as it has been used historically in early intervention, and then apply the principles into effective interventions for older youth and adults with developmental disabilities throughout the lifespan. We will discuss ways to leverage scarce resources while enabling individuals (children and adults with DD and their caregivers at any age) to utilize self-determination and person-centered planning strategies to achieve their goals. Promoting self-determination is part of the coaching process---regardless of the age or ability of the individuals. Coaching to promote self-determination in youth and adults with developmental disabilities and their caregivers can result in more effective and efficient interventions. The session will be interactive, and fun - how do you coach your teams for winning outcomes?