Developing skills in everyday activities and self-determination in adolescents with intellectual and developmental disabilities

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Sheppard, Loretta and Unsworth, Carolyn. (2011) Developing skills in everyday activities and self-determination in adolescents with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Remedial and Special Education. 32(5), pp. 393 - 405. https://doi.org/10.1177/0741932510362223
AuthorsSheppard, Loretta and Unsworth, Carolyn
Abstract

Autonomous functioning, an essential characteristic of self-determined people, has been categorized behaviorally according to everyday activities in Self & Family Care (SFC), Life Management (LM), Recreation/Leisure (RL), and Social/Vocational (SV) skills. The effectiveness of a short-term (8–10 weeks) educational residential program to improve skills in these categories of everyday activities in adolescents with intellectual and developmental disabilities was examined, and the effect on participant self-determination was also measured. Results from this single-group, quasi-experimental research with three data collection points (n = 31 from five cohorts over an 18-month period) found that participants’ skills in SFC/LM and RL had improved significantly with large effect sizes at postprogram and 3-month follow-up. Skills needed for SV activities did not show the same level of improvement, but participant-rated self-determination scores (as measured by the AIR Self- Determination Scales) improved significantly with small effect size at postprogram and moderate effect size at follow-up.

Keywordsintellectual and developmental disabilities; everyday activities; autonomous functioning; self-determination; residential education
Year2011
JournalRemedial and Special Education
Journal citation32 (5), pp. 393 - 405
ISSN0741-9325
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1177/0741932510362223
Page range393 - 405
Research GroupSchool of Allied Health
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