Goals are achieved by setting one or two within a time frame that allows them to be firmly mastered through lots of successful practice. For example, morning routine goals should be well within Steve’s current level of independence.
Consider these ideas for setting goals:
- Use brief and specific language in teaching and practicing.
- Post pictures of the sequence for getting things done.
- Review the sequence daily until Steve has mastered it.
- Give him time to change his old habits.
- Praise not only his performance, but his positive attitude and genuine effort.
Once Steve has mastered this goal, have him recommend the next skill he thinks should be tackled. Ask him for ideas on how to improve the learning process. Involving him in the decisions increases his “buy in” for the plan. Always allow for free time and avoid being too task-oriented.
Progress requires diligent practice. Stay the course!
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