Foundations for Self-Determination in Early Childhood: An Inclusive Model for Children With Disabilities

Susan B. Palmer, Jean Ann Summers, Mary Jane Brotherson, Elizabeth Erwin, Susan P. Maude, Vera Stroup-Rentier, Hsiang yi wu, Nancy F. Peck, Yuzhu Zheng, Cindy J. Weigel, Szu Yin Chu, Greg S. Mcgrath, Shana J. Haines

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This article introduces the Early Childhood Foundations Model for Self-Determination and provides a rationale for the need to consider the foundations of self-determination behavior that begin early in life. This model is based on the premise that young children with disabilities benefit from a collaborative partnership between important adults in the lives of children to provide a supportive, stimulating, and coordinated environment between inclusive classrooms and home settings. Within partnership, the Foundations Model establishes the proposition that the basic foundational skills for developing self-determination in later life require young children with disabilities to gain skills in (a) choice-making and problem solving, (b) self-regulation, and (c) engagement. In this position paper, the authors review literature related to these three foundational constructs and present a rationale for use of the Foundations Model as a guide to developing systematic interventions to start young students with disabilities on the road to building a foundation for self-determination.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)38-47
Number of pages10
JournalTopics in Early Childhood Special Education
Volume33
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2013

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Keywords

  • choice
  • early childhood
  • engagement
  • family–professional partnership
  • self-determination
  • self-regulation

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Palmer, Susan B. ; Summers, Jean Ann ; Brotherson, Mary Jane ; Erwin, Elizabeth ; Maude, Susan P. ; Stroup-Rentier, Vera ; wu, Hsiang yi ; Peck, Nancy F. ; Zheng, Yuzhu ; Weigel, Cindy J. ; Chu, Szu Yin ; Mcgrath, Greg S. ; Haines, Shana J. / Foundations for Self-Determination in Early Childhood : An Inclusive Model for Children With Disabilities. In: Topics in Early Childhood Special Education. 2013 ; Vol. 33, No. 1. pp. 38-47.
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Palmer, SB, Summers, JA, Brotherson, MJ, Erwin, E, Maude, SP, Stroup-Rentier, V, wu, HY, Peck, NF, Zheng, Y, Weigel, CJ, Chu, SY, Mcgrath, GS & Haines, SJ 2013, 'Foundations for Self-Determination in Early Childhood: An Inclusive Model for Children With Disabilities', Topics in Early Childhood Special Education, vol. 33, no. 1, pp. 38-47. https://doi.org/10.1177/0271121412445288

Foundations for Self-Determination in Early Childhood : An Inclusive Model for Children With Disabilities. / Palmer, Susan B.; Summers, Jean Ann; Brotherson, Mary Jane; Erwin, Elizabeth; Maude, Susan P.; Stroup-Rentier, Vera; wu, Hsiang yi; Peck, Nancy F.; Zheng, Yuzhu; Weigel, Cindy J.; Chu, Szu Yin; Mcgrath, Greg S.; Haines, Shana J.

In: Topics in Early Childhood Special Education, Vol. 33, No. 1, 01.01.2013, p. 38-47.

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